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]
Daniel, Susan and Ben are three graduates of the WPC Group traineeship program whose success story is an impressive one! After completing their engineering and business traineeships with Triomf, all three are now full-time employees at one of Queensland’s leading signalling, engineering and professional services provider to the Australian Railway Industry. Triomf is a small business based in Brendale, established in January 2011. With a workforce of 17, WPC Group recruits make up 18% of their employees! A dynamic company, comprised of highly qualified Engineers with extensive experience in the railway signalling industry, especially in the design and build environment,… [Read More]
Over the last few years, dozens of apprentices and trainees have had the opportunity to travel around the world thanks to WPC Group and Skilling Australia Foundation scholarships. Apprentices were given the chance to travel to incredible destinations such as the US, Japan and Singapore, with all award recipients enjoying the rich blessings of cultural and development tours related to their field of study. None of this would be possible without the donations, funding and sponsorship of our many volunteers, who relentlessly give their time and resources to welcome and mentor our apprentices and trainees on their discovery experiences. A… [Read More]