The updated UEE Electrotechnology Training Package – which includes many refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) qualifications – has been endorsed by the Skills Ministers providing apprentices and technicians with a modern, practical and safety-first training experience.
The government is introducing the scheme in a bid to get young and unemployed people into the workforce, while also trying to preemptively correct the growing issue of a future skill shortage. This announcement rolls off the back of the Federal Government’s $1.5 billion budget to stop current apprentices being laid off amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, which was announced in July.
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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says his aim is to get people back to work faster than previous recessions as he announces the government will subsidise apprenticeships.
Budget aims to boost apprenticeships
The Australian government has released a series of manufacturing industry policies in the lead-up to the October 6 budget. Yesterday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke about a A$1.5 billion strategy to strengthen Australian manufacturing and supply chains. Last week, Education Minister Dan Tehan announced a A$7.2 million extension of advanced apprenticeship pilot programs across the country to teach students the high-level, specialist knowledge and skills they’ll need for industry jobs of the future.