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Jenny Macklin visits NMIT Heidelberg on the back of National Trade Cadetship announcement

29 Jul 2010

Federal Minister's visit heralds changes to apprenticeship pathways

The pre-apprentices and apprentices at NMIT's Heidelberg campus had a surprise visitor to their classes yesterday when Federal member for Jagajaga and Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, dropped in to say hi and watch our pre-apprentices and apprentices go through their paces.

Minister Macklin toured through a variety of trade training areas including mechanical manufacturing, plumbing, bricklaying, carpentry and framing. She stopped and chatted to apprentices and VCAL students as well as NMIT teaching staff and management.

“It was great to have the local Federal Member for our area on campus to see, first-hand, the variety and quality of trade training that NMIT provides,” said Associate Director of NMIT's Faculty of Building and Construction, Peter Jacobson. “It was also something out of the ordinary for our pre-apprentices and apprentices to meet a Federal Minister. Many of our students will be voting for the first time in the coming election.”

Ms Macklin's visit also served to raise awareness about the Labour Government's recently announced plans to introduce a National Trade Cadetship scheme for Australian school students in 2012.

The scheme will be available to Year 9 to 12 students and is designed to provide students with a clearly defined pathway to a trade qualification with training equal in quality to that of more traditional academic studies. Students will be able to remain at school while completing cadetships offered in two streams:

National Trade Cadetship - Foundation (focusing on work readiness skills such as literacy, numeracy, OH&S etc)

National Trade Cadetship - Pre-Apprentice (focusing on a specific trade / occupation)

National Cadetships will be nationally recognised and offered as an option under the National Curriculum. Students completing Cadetships will earn credit towards an apprenticeship or further training. For more information on the proposed National Trade Cadetship scheme go to .

Photo Gallery: Jenny Macklin visits NMIT Heidelberg campus


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