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Apprenticeship reforms a “huge win” for Victorian workers and apprentices

Victorian Trades Hall Council applauds today’s announcement that a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will establish an Apprenticeships Taskforce to improve safety and fairness for apprentices across the state.

Around half of apprentices nationwide complete their training and the majority cite workplace issues as the reason why they quit. The problem is not with the quality of the education they receive but with the quality of their workplace.

The Apprenticeships Taskforce, announced by Premier Daniel Andrews today, will improve regulation and oversight, simplify complaint reporting, increase employer accountability and establish more rigorous bans on employers who have mistreated apprentices.

Quotes attributable to Victorian Trades Hall Council Assistant Secretary Amanda Threlfall: 

“Apprenticeship reform is long overdue and we are thrilled with the Andrews Government’s commitment to establish the Apprenticeships Taskforce. Around half of Australian apprentices complete their apprenticeship because of rampant wage theft, unsafe workplace practices and bullying and harassment at work.” 

“This is about protecting and supporting the apprentices themselves, future-proofing the economy and shoring up a strong quality of life for the whole community. A successful apprenticeship system will mean we have sufficient and highly trained tradespeople graduating and able to meet industry demands in the future.” 

“We strongly commend the Andrews Labor Government for committing to reform that regulates our vitally important apprenticeship system. This is an important nation-leading reform.” 

For interviews with representatives from VTHC or any apprentices, call VTHC media manager Suzi Taylor: 0447 333 834