In­vest in train­ing dur­ing quiet times

North West Telegraph - - News - Tarin Col­will Tarin Col­will is a Pil­bara-based in­dus­try train­ing con­sul­tant with CCI’s Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia. If you have ques­tions about ap­pren­tice­ships, trainee­ships and train­ing op­tions, phone Tarin on 0438 716 583.

Em­ploy­ing ap­pren­tices and trainees need to be part of the so­lu­tion to the skilled labour short­age emerg­ing in re­gional WA, says Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia man­ager Lena Con­stan­tine.

Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia pro­motes the ben­e­fits of ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships.

In­vest­ing in ap­pren­tices and trainees to build skills in the com­mu­nity, is one way to min­imise skill short­ages, Ms Con­stan­tine says. “En­sur­ing your busi­ness is able to ramp up in the busy times re­quires long-term think­ing,” she says.

“In­vest in train­ing while times are quiet.”

“It isn’t easy for busi­ness to do, as the ra­tio­nal ap­proach is to min­imise costs in down times.

“This is why we need gov­ern­ments to in­vest in sup­port­ing em­ploy­ers to con­tinue train­ing through qui­eter times. so we don’t get caught short when we need skilled work­ers to fuel eco­nomic growth.

“This is what we saw hap­pen sev­eral years ago — we didn’t have ac­cess to enough skilled work­ers, we didn’t put enough thought into plan­ning for busy times.

“We are see­ing the same signs now and I ab­so­lutely think it is mov­ing to­wards another skill short­age, and it’s the re­gional ar­eas that feel it first.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.