517 new apprentices have commenced work in AMWU workshops nationally due to union support of the Federal governments’ Kickstart program.
The $100 million program was supported by the AMWU because it is consistent with union calls for more support for apprenticeships, particularly during the economic downturn which has seen a 25% decline in apprenticeship commencements.
In the three months leading up to 28 February 2010, the Kickstart bonus of $3350 was made available to employers who took on a young person aged 19 years and under into a traditional trade Australian Apprenticeship.
Corey Wright, the National Apprentice Kickstart Coordinator with the AMWU, said union delegates have been asked to assist with the implementation of the program at their workplace.
“Over the past 3 months we’ve contacted over 1000 Delegates and sent them campaign material,” he said.
“On each occasion a Delegate was contacted, they were informed about the details of the bonus money available. We also encouraged our delegates to hold lunch time meetings and to encourage their employer to hire additional apprentices,” he said.
Corey Wright said he’s ecstatic that the unions’ support for the campaign has led to 517 apprentices being hired at AMWU workshops
“We were very successful in highlighting the campaign in the media and in the AMWU communities on a national scale, whilst also educating delegates on the importance of Apprentices joining the AMWU. So it’s just fantastic that our work has resulted in 517 new jobs for apprentices.”