Too few Australians are starting apprenticeships today, and too many of those who do are dropping out before they finish.
Labor will turn this around by giving apprentices real support when they need it by bringing back Tools for Your Trade – the valuable apprentice support program axed by the Abbott-Turnbull Government.
From 1 July 2017, workers starting an apprenticeship will be eligible for $3,000 in payments throughout their training. Payments will be spaced to provide support to apprentices as they train, and back them all the way to completion.
In contrast, the only plan the Liberals have for vocational education and apprentices is cuts. They have now cut funding for skills and training in every budget and economic update since the last election.
Only Labor backs apprentices and vocational training, because we believe every Australian should have the chance to gain real skills and a good job.