The Gillard Labor Government will help Bankstown students prepare for a career in the trades with the new National Trade Cadetship program.
National Trade Cadetships will be offered to students from years 9 to 12 from 2012 under the National Curriculum. They will provide skills needed for the workforce in two streams:
1. National Trade Cadetship – Foundation, which will focus on essential work readiness skills and laying the foundation for further training.
2. National Trade Cadetship - Pre-Apprentice trade or occupation area.
The Gillard Labor Government will also support new work experience places for South Coast school students participating in National Trade Cadetships.
This support will occur through a $25 million initiative announced on 21 July.
Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jason Clare and Federal Labor Candidate for Hughes Brent Thomas were in Milperra today talking about the program with two apprentices their employer Kevin Chami.
"The National Cadetship will give Bankstown students a chance to start getting these trade and technical skills at school," Mr Clare said.
Mr Thomas said the National Cadetship means that local students' qualifications are nationally recognised and can help to set them up for an apprenticeship.
"Local families want to know that their kids will have better training opportunities and the new Cadestships will give kids that chance," Mr Thomas said.
"The Gillard Labor Government's National Trade Cadestship is also good news for local businesses. They will have access to young people who are a better skilled and better prepared for the workforce."
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