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New apprentice program on the boil

Apprentice Patrick Macklin talks about the benefits of the program alongside Minister for Education Peter Chandler Apprentice Patrick Macklin talks about the benefits of the program alongside Minister for Education Peter Chandler

A new apprentice boilermaker program in the Northern Territory is now training 15 apprentices.

Minister for Education Peter Chandler said this initiative was the first of its kind for the Territory Government and demonstrated a commitment to small to medium businesses.

“This is the type of program that will contribute skilled workers,” Mr Chandler said.

“The program provides employers with work-ready apprentices to help minimise the impact on productivity that can be experienced during the early stages of training.”

The apprentice boilermaker program is an initiative of the Department of Business in partnership with Group Training NT and Charles Darwin University.

The apprentices will gain trade skills and be eligible for a Construction Industry White Card, Elevated Work Platform Licence, Forklift Licence and First Aid Certificate.

They are employed by Group Training NT and are being paid under the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award.

The apprentices will complete the first year of their program in about 26 weeks. CDU will deliver trade-related work experience and Group Training NT has arranged a number of work placements with host employers from their network to expand the apprentices’ work experience.

Pro Vice-Chancellor VET John Hassed said the program provided apprentices with a great opportunity to fast-track entry into their industry with skills employers were looking for.