Young tradies hammered

Apprentices who have not yet completed their full trade qualifications are set to lose thousands of dollars when their Tool for Your Trade payment gets replaced with a HECS-style loan from July 1.  

Thousands of young adults who are currently eligible for the payment up to $5500 have received a letter from the federal government informing them they will no longer receive future instalments, but can instead apply for the new Trade Support Loan. 

- For more on this story see this week's Gazette. 

First-year apprentice Kyle Bartalis and third-year apprentice Billy Morris have lost government apprentice funding. Picture: Gene Ramirez

First-year apprentice Kyle Bartalis and third-year apprentice Billy Morris have lost government apprentice funding. Picture: Gene Ramirez

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