Master Builders welcomes the LNP’s plan to provide $5000 for Queensland businesses which take on an apprentice who completes their apprenticeship.
Master Builders construction policy director Corlia Roos said she welcomed any initiative which boosts entrance, and especially, completion rates.
"The industry has experienced a marked increase in the uptake of apprenticeships in the last 12 months, but completion rates are still hovering around 50 per cent, so the LNP's policy to reward those who complete their apprenticeships is well-targeted." Roos said.
"The construction industry is a great industry to be in with a lot of opportunity. Too many young people are not seeing the potential and are not giving it a go or giving up too soon.
"Policies which encourage young people to not just enter the industry, but to complete their apprenticeship and then go on to engage in a lifelong and fruitful career are good for the building and construction industry.
"A lot of builders run their own small business so any incentive to help them recruit apprentices is good."
Roos also welcomed the LNP's Tools for Tradies policy which will provide a $500 voucher for tradies who complete their apprenticeship.
The Queensland building and construction industry is the cornerstone of the state economy. It is the number-one contributor to gross state product and one of the state's top employers. The industry provides jobs for more than 203,000 Queenslanders (ABS, Nov 2015).