The Australian Apprenticeships and Ambassadors Program highlights real life apprenticeship and traineeship success stories and aims to boost the status of apprenticeships.

Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham officially launched Book an Ambassador, a function available via the Australian Apprenticeships website, along with Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador Dean Halatau from the West Tigers, who is currently undertaking a Diploma of Building and Construction.

“More than 150 people have been appointed as Apprenticeship Ambassadors to share their stories and offer valuable advice to the next generation,” Senator Birmingham said.

“There is a growing demand for these Ambassadors to attend conferences and events to speak about their experiences.

“I commend their continued commitment to the delivery of vocational education and training qualifications to secondary students,” Senator Birmingham said.

Member for Reid Craig Laundy joined Senator Birmingham and the West Tigers player to launch the Book an Ambassador function today.

“It is vital for our economy to encourage and support young apprentices, and this is an excellent programme to bring the knowledge and experience from people who have been through apprenticeships and traineeships in the past to the current class,” he said.

Senator Birmingham and Mr Laundy congratulated Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College on its selection as a finalist in the 2015 Australian Training Awards School Pathways to VET Award. They also announced the finalists in three Australian Training Awards categories.

For more information about the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors Program, visit the Success Stories page of the Australian Apprenticeships website, like on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

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