Under the newly reinstated Victorian Labor Government’s $26.5 million plan, its great news that trades apprentices here will be eligible for a 50 per cent discount on annual car registration costs. For those paying standard registration for metro Melbourne, this will mean a very significant discount of $378.85 per year. “Eligible trades” to be fully funded under Labor’s plan include: bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, electricians and plumbers.
Apprentices will need to demonstrate that they are among the 15,200 apprentices in Victoria who require a car for their job. Watch out for upcoming details with Vic Roads. There is also an existing very attractive Federal Trade Support Loan available to apprentices.
Following Labor’s win in Victoria’s state election we look forward to the Hon. Daniel Andrews MP pre-election commitment to apprenticeships and training to create a “job-ready” workforce.
We believe it’s important that clear timelines are established to undertake the promised review of the vocational education and training system. Part of the promise from the Andrews Labor Government is the commitment to rebuild Chisholm TAFE’s Frankston campus. The aim is to ensure “locals can get the skills they need for the jobs they want”, declared Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Steve Herbert, as part of their $25 million plan. This fund is part of a larger $100 million Labor plan to rebuild and re-open stricken TAFE campuses across Victoria. The incoming Party also pledged to reintroduce Technical schools and get 100,000 Victorians back to work.
The new Andrews Government said they will also make sure that ten per cent of the workforce on all major projects will be reserved for apprentices as a measure to help increase qualified tradespeople and create new jobs. Also as part of the plan, Major Projects Victoria will audit the work of all Departments to make sure apprenticeships, traineeships and cadetships are encouraged.
We believe that Labor’s new strategies will give Victorian apprentices more on-the-job experience and create a more skilled workforce in this period of our State’s severe youth unemployment crisis. The policies will also contribute to producing good work ready candidates to fill more than 75 apprentice bricklaying vacancies currently known to ABBTF Victoria.
ABBTF VIC Manager