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Kevin Sheedy: Kickstart great for the construction industry

Kevin Sheedy: Kickstart great for the construction industry

Construction apprenticeships should be encouraged, says AFL icon

Greater Western Sydney Giants coach Kevin Sheedy has expressed his support for the federal government’s Kickstart program, claiming it is an excellent opportunity for construction industry employers.

The AFL coach and former plumber said the $57.5 million initiative would have helped him develop more if it had existed when he was a tradesman.

The Kickstart program aims to support up to 21,000 apprentices, with businesses receiving additional financial incentives if they take on people between December 2012 and February 2013.

Official government figures suggest apprenticeships in Queensland have already benefited, as more than 100 applicants are known to have registered for the initiative in the state.

“If you want to be an apprentice in the construction industry why don’t you take this as an opportunity to talk to employers in your local area?” Sheedy explained.

He also urged companies to make themselves available for those hoping to further their skills.

“Taking on an apprentice or a trainee allows you to train your future workforce to your standards, how you want the job done. And that’s got to be good for business.”

His comments were echoed by Master Builders Australia chief executive officer Wilhelm Harnisch, who claimed the scheme showed the government’s commitment to building and construction.

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