April 24, 2020
ABN Group Managing Director Dale Alcock has applauded the Construction Training Fund (CTF) and the State Government following their announcement today of a significant support package to assist the building and construction industry to maintain a skilled workforce during the COVID-19 crisis.
“As Australia’s largest private trainer of building apprentices, this announcement is extremely welcome news and will go a long way in supporting our 80 apprentices currently in training in Western Australia,” Mr Alcock said.
The $24.5 million package includes $10 million of immediate support with a $2,000 payment to employers to maintain existing apprentices and trainees; as well as $9.5 million in a new monthly payment program to employers of apprentices and trainees, commencing 1 June, backdated from 1 April 2020.
A further $5 million will support 5,000 building and construction apprentices and trainees to complete short training courses.
“I congratulate both the CTF and the State Government for taking such positive action to address the current pressures the building and construction industry is facing,” Mr Alcock said.
“Given the recovery that we will experience following COVID-19, it’s vital that we do everything we can now to ensure our apprentices are supported through this unprecedented period – after all, these young people are the future of our industry and they deserve the very best training and opportunities,” he said.
Mr Alcock added that over the past 15 years, ABN Group has produced more than 1,500 tradespeople.
“I want to continue to employ more apprentices,” Mr Alcock said.
“ABN Group prides itself on providing training and jobs to West Australians, and we are committed to continuing to lead the industry on this front.”
“This critical support package not only gives a much-needed leg up to our current apprentices – it will also help to ensure ABN Group can continue to train more top-quality trades in the future,” Mr Alcock added.