As the federal election race continues, the Labour Party has delivered a key pitch to employers and apprentices in the construction industry, promising to put more cash in apprentice pockets, provide greater support for small business and promote local skills on large infrastructure projects.

Unveiling its campaign launch on Sunday, the government outlined its approach toward supporting training and addressing long term skills needs. Key to the measures is a $500 increase in completion payments under the Tools for Your Trade initiative, under which apprentices in carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing, tiling, electrical and a range…