The Block’s Scott Cam is not only making a pretty penny hosting a hit renovation show, he is also cashing in big from the Aussie government a Senate hearing was told this week.
The TV personality and tradesman was appointed the national careers ambassador by the federal government earlier this year, and it has now been revealed he will pocket a total of $345,000 for the new 15-month gig, according to The Guardian.
The lucrative deal will bag Scott a whopping $260,000 this financial year, and an additional $85,000 for the three-month spillover into the 2020/2021 financial year, averaging out at around $23,000 per month.
The cash splash is motivated by a desire to increase young people going into trades, according to Department of Employment and Skills officials who defended the decision in a budget spillover estimates Senate hearing on Thursday.
The appointment was announced by the National Careers Institute in October, a new national career information commission.
“Scott will... help the National Careers Institute promote the variety of career pathways available, including vocational education and training (VET), something he’s well placed to do as a VET graduate,” the department’s press release on the appointment reads.
However, not everyone is happy with the appointment, as Twitter users have taken to social media to vent their frustration over the paycheque.
“Interesting that they value Scott Cam’s work of promoting TAFE at $345,000 but only value of work of TAFE educators, the people actually teaching career skills, at a quarter of that (approximately),” one person wrote.
“The Scott Cam appointment is just the normal Liberal Party philosophy of “giving a helping hand to the advantaged,” another person wrote.
Scott Cam.... Donate your outrageous pay to Farmers, Firefighters, victims of the bushfires. Pay builders out of it to help rebuild communities..lives.— Feathers (@JTCreighton) December 5, 2019
Interesting that they value Scott Cam’s work of promoting TAFE at $345,000 but only value of work of TAFE educators, the people actually teaching career skills, at a quarter of that (approximately). 😐— Ebony Barber (@_EbonyBarber) December 5, 2019
The gold-Logie winner’s branch into government comes after an illustrious career on the screen.
Starting out on Backyard Blitz, the host has made a name for himself off the back of his tradie past.
Back in November, the carpenter took to Instagram to share that he was getting handy around his own home for a change.
He was seen leaning against a semi-built structure in the photo, tool belt firmly strapped to his waist – but fans couldn’t help but have a laugh at the sight of a tradie spending his weekend working on his own house.
“Call me a sceptic but I’m thinking of checking with [your wife] Ann…”, fellow Channel Nine host Leila McKinnon commented, with many more echoing the sentiment.
“What??? A tradie working on his own home.... rare sight,” one person said, “Bet your wife has waited years for you to finish this project. Lol,” chastisted another, while a third wrote, “That's unheard of - you sure are one of a kind Scotty Cam.”
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