SkillsTech Australia is working with national Group Training Organisations and Registered Training Organisations to recruit, train and employ adult apprentices for the resource and energy sector to combat skills shortages.
SkillsTech Australia is Queensland’s largest trade and technician training TAFE institute and the National Coordinator of this program.
SkillsTech Australia Director of Client Services and Industry Engagement Helen Bulle said the first induction of adult apprentices for this program last week will result in experienced skilled workers delivered to the resource and energy sector; a solution for skills shortages now and for the future.
“The National Apprenticeships Program is a new program developed by East Coast Apprenticeships, in which our institute undertakes Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessments for candidates who have often worked in the industry without qualifications or want to upskill to move into another trade,” Ms Bulle said.
“This RPL process ensures that apprenticeships are completed in a shortened timeframe which results in productive qualified workers on-site.
“Apprentices will be training for qualifications in electrical, instrumentation, diesel fitting, engineering and construction which will ensure that Australian standards and best practice are upheld while combating skills shortages in a thriving sector.
“The resource and energy sector continues to be a boom area for Queensland and Australia that will require a skilled workforce.
“This program, commencing in Queensland, endeavours to deliver job-ready adult apprentices that can be utilised in major sites across Australia.
“It is intended that this program will then be rolled out to other states and territories.
“The National Apprenticeships Program is potentially a practical solution to skills shortages in a sector that is projected to continue to grow in the years ahead.”