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Bendigo Hospital a "missed opportunity" to train workers

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Labor Members for Bendigo, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards, today called on the Liberal National Government to match Labor's lead and back a target of 10% apprentices on the building of Bendigo's New Hospital.

Speaking at the Victorian Labor Party State Conference, Leader Daniel Andrews said the Baillieu Government was "missing a huge opportunity" by not following Labor and ensuring that 10% of the workforce were apprentices.

"Labor not only started Bendigo's new hospital, we also wanted to make sure that a future generation of Bendigo workers were trained as part of the building works," Ms Allan said.

"The Liberal National Government have failed to make the same commitment."

"The recently released expressions of interest documents do not mention a requirement for bidders wanting to build the hospital committing to employ apprentices”, Ms Allan said.

Daniel Andrews told the Conference of the benefits of this approach: "long after the scaffolding had come down and the ribbon had been cut, there'd be a generation of tradesmen and women in Bendigo who learnt their trade building a world class hospital for their community."

"It would be a great failure of leadership for the Baillieu Government not to grasp this once in a lifetime opportunity to maximize the benefits of building Bendigo's new hospital and give local young people the chance to gain their trade qualification," Ms Edwards said.

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