With growing construction work in Launceston only set to increase, a new $250,000 program aims to connect young people in the region to 80 new apprenticeships over the next three years.
The first stage of the Launceston Apprentice Pipeline program - developed by the Tasmanian Building Construction Industry Training Board in partnership with Skills Tasmania, Housing Industry Australia and Master Builders Tasmania - will award 20 year 11 students scholarships to complete a Certificate II in Construction.
To be delivered by the Tasmanian Building Group Apprentice Scheme, the program will also give participants ten weeks of work experience across the year.
TBCITB chairwoman Tracy Matthews said the expectation would be that if students successfully complete the program, they will be taken on as full-time apprentices in later years.
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"After completing the program they will be job ready and hit the ground running," Ms Matthews added. "Apprenticeships are not only the life blood of the building and construction sector they are also the best opportunity for young people to gain skills and qualifications that will set them up for life."
"However, apprenticeships only happen when employers give young people a start, either as a direct employee or with job placements for apprentices in a partnership with a group training organisation."
"With the number of major construction projects underway in Launceston there is a great opportunity for more young locals to learn skills for a life-long career," Mr Rockliff said.
The state government will provide $100,000 towards the funding of the project, with TBCITB having already committed $150,000.
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