New pathways to employment welcome

The Business Council welcomes the Morrison Government’s move to boost apprenticeships and prepare Australians for the opportunities of the future, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

“New funding for apprenticeships and trainees will be crucial to help displaced workers re-train and re-skill quickly for new industries and opportunities.

“Today’s investment will give thousands of Australians a pathway to employment, and the chance to get paid while they learn new lifelong skills. 

“This will also help give businesses certainty that they can get the skills they need, when they need them, so they can bring forward new investment and deliver big, job creating projects.

“Global boards are making decisions today about where to invest, knowing Australia has a pipeline of skilled workers will help make us a more attractive place to do business.

“As we recover from the pandemic, creating new jobs and preparing Australians for the future must be our top priorities.”