Meeting local apprentices, businesses and training providers in Darwin this week has
reinforced the vital role vocational education and training and Australian
Apprenticeships plays, Assistant Minister Karen Andrews said.
Rounding out her visit with a meeting today with GTNT, the Northern Territory’s largest
employer of apprentices and trainees, Minister Andrews said she has seen many
examples of the value of apprenticeships and traineeships in action.
“This week Darwin played host to many of the women and men who make Australia’s
vocational education and training system the world class sector it is,”
Minister Andrews said.
“It was great to meet local training providers and employers of apprentices and
trainees – people and businesses who understand the importance of passing on
skills and supporting the next generation of skilled employees.
“It was also wonderful to meet local apprentices, like the NT’s Ella Cavallaro, who
was a finalist for the Australian Apprentice of the Year Award on Thursday.
“Other locals, such as Max David, a GTNT apprentice and a valued member of Bridge
Toyota, also highlight that a quality Australian Apprenticeship can set you on
the path to a rewarding career.”
Minister Andrews said an overwhelming majority of apprentices remain employed following their
“We know that over 84 per cent of Australian Apprentices are still employed once
they finish training, and for trade apprentices it is over 90 per cent,” she
“Quality vocational education and training provides Australians with the skills they
need and that employers demand. So don’t underestimate the value of skills and
“You don’t need to go to uni to develop important skills and get a job. An
Australian Apprenticeship and VET can help you realise your goals.”