Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New apprentice card the key to savings

    27/05/2008 12:00 AM
     

    More than 8,480 of Western Australia’s 36,278 apprentices and trainees have signed up for a new loyalty card that will provide access to special discounts and offers.

     

    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today launched the Apprentice Edge card, which will give apprentices and trainees access to a range of discounted goods, services and attractions throughout the State.

     

    “Discounts on offer at leading outlets include food, fashion, fitness clubs, haircuts, travel, movie tickets, DVD hire and recreational activities,” Mr McGowan said.

     

    “Projections show WA will need an extra 180,000 skilled workers by 2016, and so it is vital to support up-and-coming tradespeople.

     

    “Apprentices and trainees are making an investment in their career - and benefiting WA - by gaining skills and trade qualifications.

     

    “Once they qualify, they can potentially earn huge wages in booming industries.

     

    “This new scheme is designed to make life a little easier while they are training.

     

    “Savings made by using the card can add to their disposable income and allow them to spend a little more on themselves.

     

    “The card also lists contact details for ApprentiCentre, so apprentices and trainees know where to obtain information and advice during their training.”

     

    The Department of Education and Training is spending up to $75,000 on the scheme, including $35,000 in sponsorship to company StudentEdge to produce the Apprentice Edge cards and negotiate discounts with businesses.

     

    Additional discounts for apprentices and trainees will become available as more businesses join the scheme.

     

    Mr McGowan said apprentices and trainees who had not yet signed up for the free Apprentice Edge card could register online at http://www.apprenticentre.wa.gov.au

     

    Minister's office: 9222 9111