June 11, 2021 New career horizons have opened up for Daniel Ruthenberg, who recently began a light vehicle mechanical apprenticeship at Huston Motors. Daniel is one of four apprentices at Huston Motors at the moment, but unlike the others he has moderate to severe profound hearing loss. Dealer principal Mark Huston said Daniel, 25, had always shown an interest in becoming a mechanic and when the opportunity was offered to him, he jumped at it. Daniel has been working as a detailer at Huston’s since he finished Year 12 and has always loved everything about cars. He started his four-year… [Read More]
People in apprenticeships can move through the system quickly if they can show they have the skills apprentices are shaving more than a year off their training through a little-known initiative designed to fast-track vocational careers. WPC Group general manager Andrew Sezonov says while any sector can offer accelerated apprenticeships, it is currently commonplace only in the automotive industry. However, group training organisation (GTO) Maxima says it has facilitated early sign-off in other areas including clerical, horticulture, community services, hospitality and civil construction. The accelerated apprenticeship model is spearheaded by a partnership between WPC Group and Nissan to deliver NISSMAP,… [Read More]
More than one million workers with vocational qualifications will be needed within the next two years to address rising skills shortages. Training organisation WPC Group reports COVID-19 has exacerbated demand for vocational education and training (VET) graduates, with almost all of the 70-plus occupations on the National Skills Needs List accessible through VET. WPC Group general manager Andrew Sezonov says traineeships and apprentice- ships are not just for school leavers. “Especially now,” he says. “They provide clear pathways for people who will need to upskill, or for those who want to pivot their career in a post-COVID workforce. There’s never… [Read More]
LOCAL workers Thomas Lee and Marques Guedeiha are the first two beneficiaries of a collaboration between leading Gippsland employers. The duo, electrical instrumentation apprentices at Esso Australia’s Longford site, have spent a month on the tools with Sale-based Marathon Electrical, as part of a workplace rotation. The four-week work placement has helped the apprentices broaden their electrical knowledge and practical skills by increasing their exposure to residential, commercial and industrial electrical work. WPC Group apprentice and trainee manager Janine McPhee, who arranged the rotation, said it was designed to help them learn how electrical theory and practices are carried out… [Read More]
Sydney is on the cusp of an emerging job boom that can help in addressing the recession and traditional male roles. A whole new generation of lady tradies is being presented. Seven out of the ten fastest-growing fields are accessible for apprenticeships and traineeships, most of those are male-dominated jobs. A total of $1.2b in Commonwealth funding has increased incentives.
Consider all options when looking for an apprenticeship, writes Lauren Ahwan APPRENTICES employed by group training or ganisations (GTO) are more likely to complete their training than those employed directly by businesses. This is despite the increased likelihood of GTO apprentices and trainees being from “disadvantaged” backgrounds. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research says it is impossible to precisely define the difference in completion rates among various employer models, but its research shows completion rates among GTO apprentices are “substantially higher” than for small and medium direct employers. GTOs employ about 25,000 apprentices and trainees across Australia. Under the… [Read More]