New scheme geared around getting more apprentices into trades

An apprentice fixes an industrial compressor unit as his supervisor watches.
An apprentice fixes an industrial compressor unit as his supervisor watches.

A NEW industry-led project will help local jobseekers and try new ways to deliver apprenticeships, according to Moore MHR Ian Goodenough.

Mr Goodenough said the Federal Government had committed $9.2 million in funding to encourage and test new models of support to help entry-level and qualified tradespeople.

“The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) is one of three organisations to secure $1.82 million in funding to explore new ways to deliver apprenticeship programs, with its pilot project to include the local Joondalup area,” he said.

“Australia’s apprenticeship system helps people develop the skills they need to work in professions where employers are crying out for more skilled employees.

“Pilot projects like this will help test and prove up alternative training models on a broader scale, providing a wider range of skills development, choice and industry acceptance.

“NECA will operate their pilot in Joondalup as well as other areas in the state.”

He said the project would address a number of issues identified in the electrical and communication industry including building energy efficiency skill sets and encouraging women to undertake electrical apprenticeships.

The pilot projects, which Master Builders Australia and North East Vocational College in Adelaide will also run, will finish in June 2018.