TAFE Queensland SkillsTech is offering reduced fees across all trade areas for pre-apprenticeship courses to assist young people to pursue careers in these industries.
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech Director Educational Delivery John Tucker said it is crucial that today’s youth are preparing themselves for their future in STEM industries.
“We made the decision to reduce fees for our pre-apprenticeship courses to help students with their problem solving and critical reasoning skills which are essential for STEM industries, including the trade areas of electrical, engineering, construction and automotive,” Mr Tucker said.
“These courses include a work placement component with employers and ensure that students are work-ready from day one when they move into formal employment.”
The move follows news that the Federal Government is investing more than $112 million to equip young Australians to pursue careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries.
According to the PwC STEM Report, A smart move, an estimated 75 per cent of jobs in the fastest-growing industries require workers skilled in STEM.
And TAFE Queensland SkillsTech says there has never been a better time to invest in your future.
Hembrow’s Electrical Service Manager James Caldwell agreed stating that students who have completed a pre-apprenticeship course with a work experience placement with them as an employer make excellent apprentices – a try before you buy for both apprentice and employer.
“By signing on and completing one of these courses the student has shown a commitment to his or her career pathway which is highly valued,” Mr Caldwell said.
“The pre-apprenticeship course ensures that the student is significantly better prepared to successfully complete both the workplace and off-the-job training of a full apprenticeship.”
OSMAC Group Training Field Manager Ahmed Saloojee has been working in the Group Training Organisation (GTO) sector for six years and believes finding the right student is the key to a successful apprenticeship.
“I have worked closely with TAFE Queensland SkillsTech and during this time found that their pre-apprenticeship courses gave us the best opportunity to determine an applicant’s suitability, as well as help potential employers see the value in employing an apprentice,” Mr Saloojee said.
“Through the course work and work placement, as a GTO we can ascertain if the student is motivated and possesses the required work skills and work ethic.
“It gives the student an insight into what employers expect; also practical hands-on experience in a workplace, basic tool skills and an understanding of safe work practices to make them job-ready.
“There is no better way to get in front of an employer and showcase your skills and attitude than the work placement period of a pre-apprenticeship.
“I have no reservations about the success of these courses, as a number of our current apprentices entered their apprenticeship through a TAFE Queensland SkillsTech pre-apprenticeship course.”
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech Director Educational Delivery John Tucker said at a time when Australian Industry Group research has indicated that 25% of apprentices are affected by low levels of literacy and numeracy issues, which impacts on their capacity to acquire STEM skills, pre-apprenticeship courses can help.
“These courses have literacy and numeracy support available according to each individual student’s needs, positioning them to not only successfully complete this qualification but in all their future endeavours,” Mr Tucker said.
“Now is the time to take advantage of these reductions and plan for your future.”
Contact TAFE QLD SkillsTech for more information on price reductions across pre-apprenticeship courses in electrical, engineering, automotive and construction.
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech
Ph: 1800 654 447