Apprentices back on McGowan s agenda
Apprentices back on McGowan's agenda

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has promised to revive and enhance a Carpenter government policy of forcing tenderers for significant State contracts to guarantee a certain number of apprentice positions.

Mr McGowan said the Barnett Government had failed to fund and enforce the Priority Start program introduced by its predecessor, which winners of contracts with a labour component worth more than $300,000 to employ apprentices or trainees.

"Western Australia is in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime economic boom and it is important government uses this opportunity to train our young workers," Mr McGowan said.

"The Jobs for the Future: WA Labor's Commitment to Training Young Workers (policy) outlines ways to ensure young Western Australians benefit from training opportunities created from State Government infrastructure projects such as the Perth Waterfront and projects funded through Royalties for Regions."

Mr McGowan said under the Barnett Government the number of apprentices in training in WA dropped from 21,618 in 2008 to 18,792 in December 2011.

"If elected, WA Labor will commit to training young workers by ensuring the Priority Start is properly managed and funded and will impose sanctions for breaches of the policy," he said.

The West Australian

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