♪ (Music Playing) ♪ Hi, I'm Karen Andrews.
I'm the Federal Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, and I'm here at The Block and I'm about to talk to someone who I know that you're going to know.
♪ (Music Playing) ♪ Do you get the opportunity to get out and talk to the kids at school? I've done a bit of a program where I went round to every state, and I visited a couple of schools in each state and I spoke to Year 10 students with one of my apprentices.
We talked to them about how great it was to be an apprentice.
And then my apprentice, who is really articulate, he's a very good young man, he spoke to the kids as well about what his life was like working for me, and then I spoke to the kids about what it was like having an apprentice as well.
As long as everyone, male or female, see that a trade is a great qualification to have, that there's endless opportunities.
I mean really there really are, and you're just a great example of what you can do with a trade behind you.
I think what the kids in Year 10 didn't realise was – because they all think plumber, sparky, carpenter, hairdresser, they don't realise there's 400 different apprenticeships that you can actually take on.
So that was a big eye opener for them.
They didn't realise, and certainly the girls.
They just thought it was hairdressing basically, and I think that's across the board.
Everybody thinks that.
Adults think that.
They don't realise there's so many different opportunities for girls and boys in the trade.
These are all original.
They were in the building and we restored all these.
The revolving doors are originals.
We restored all that.
This is the emblem of the company that was here.
Scott, thank you so much for giving me a tour of The Block.
It's just been terrific.
But thank you so much for the work that you've done to support apprentices throughout Australia.
It's been a pleasure.
Thanks very much Minister.
Good on you.
We'll try and get those kids in trades.