Queensland government announces $4 million initiative to reduce costs for first-year apprentices

First year apprentice Lacey Simpson hasn't even started in her electrical trade, but is already facing a mammoth cost. Some of the test kits are up to $4000 just for one piece of equipment. So yeah, very pricey. For young people trying to get into the construction industry, buying tools can often be a major source of stress. It can be a bit daunting and a bit scary. Having to buy all those tools when you've just started out pushing many to pick up extra work, they're going to be working two or three other jobs at the same time. Part time hospitality type jobs. The state Government has announced a new program which could provide some relief to the hip pocket. This sends a signal that we want more tradies on the tools and to do that we're gonna help them with that. Immediate cash back up to $1000 will be rebated to 4000 registered apprentices in construction, plumbing and electrical trades. All adds up and helps them continue in a trade to help us build more homes, an initiative supported by the opposition. And we want young Queenslanders to to take that leap of faith and become qualified. But apprentices say there are still barriers that need to be broken down to get young people, especially women. Into the industry, definitely for women, a lot of like stereotypes, very confronting and nerve wracking.

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