The State Government has launched an advertising campaign to encourage businesses to take on more apprentices and trainees, after Education Department figures revealed employer numbers were not keeping pace with the growth in numbers of budding tradespeop
The State Government has launched an advertising campaign to encourage businesses to take on more apprentices and trainees, after Education Department figures revealed employer numbers were not keeping pace with the growth in numbers of budding tradespeople.
The full text of an announcement by WA Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan is pasted below
Businesses are being urged to help alleviate the skills shortage by taking on more apprentices and trainees.
Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said the latest figures released by the Department of Education and Training revealed that the number of employers taking on the budding tradespeople was not keeping pace with the massive growth in apprentices and trainees.
"The latest figures from August 2007 show there are more than 35,000 apprentices and trainees in training in Western Australia," he said.
"This is a massive increase of almost 90 per cent in the number of apprentices and trainees since 2001.
"However during the same period, the number of employers taking on apprentices and trainees grew by only 55 per cent.
"While there are many businesses and organisations with excellent track records in training, there is clearly a need for more employers to take on apprentices and trainees.
"If we want to skill our State for the future, we need all sectors to jump on board."
Mr McGinty said research showed that some employers did not understand how the training system worked or the benefits of having an apprentice or trainee in their business.
"A key recommendation of the Skills Formation Taskforce was to improve communication with employers to keep them better informed, aware of support and assistance, encourage them and give them recognition," Mr McGowan said.
"In line with this, the State Government is launching a two-pronged approach to an apprenticeships campaign.
"Press and radio advertising aimed at employers and prospective apprentices and trainees began this week and the first edition of a regular newsletter will soon be distributed to employers."
Mr McGowan said support services for employers were being boosted to make it easier to find out how to seek and train apprentices and trainees and be informed about the latest developments in the training system.
"The new ApprentiCentre has replaced the old Apprenticeship and Traineeship Support Network (ATSN) with a new look and feel, and a stronger focus on customer service," he said.
"More staff have been employed to help and support employers, apprentices and trainees.
"Apprenticentre staff are ready to provide relevant and personalised information and assistance, which is what industry has asked for."