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To: The Victorian Government

We Need Safe Apprenticeships

Every Victorian is better off when we know our apprentices are safe, highly trained and ready to become the tradies we all rely on.

But right now it’s easier to hire an apprentice than to hire a car – and these are young lives and futures at stake.

That's why we're calling on the Victorian government to fix our apprenticeship system to stop cowboy operators who are putting apprentices at risk, and recognise good employers who are doing the right thing.

Why is this important?

A good apprenticeship provides all the tools you need to get started in a trade, setting you on the path to a rewarding career.

But these days, some apprenticeships can be like the Wild West, with cowboy operators not properly training us, leaving us unsupervised, stealing our wages or - worst of all - putting our lives at risk by forcing us to do unsafe work.

I went through a lot of this during my apprenticeship.

I was excited to start my Boilermaker apprenticeship. I said to everyone; I want to fabricate things, forge things and it's going to be really cool.

But during my apprenticeship I'd be working inside these barrels, no ventilation, no extraction fans, nothing. I'd have a p95 mask and I'd be in there for four hours, but within an hour the thing would be black and you couldn't breathe through it. I'd ask the boss for a new one and he would ask why I'd needed a new one.

Often there was no one supervising me and the boss wouldn't release me and the other apprentices so we could go to Tafe.

Unfortunately, my story isn't unique. It's become so bad that less than half of Victorian apprentices ever finish their training. This has to stop.

Sign my petition to call on the Victorian Government to fix the apprenticeship system and protect workers like me.


2021-12-04 15:51:38 +1100

5,000 signatures reached

2021-05-14 09:24:10 +1000

Check out this episode of Hack where Acting Director of the Young Workers Centre, Mairead, talks about unsafe apprenticeships, and Jae talks about his bad experience as a young apprentice.

2021-05-06 18:46:32 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2021-05-06 17:08:06 +1000

500 signatures reached