Op­por­tu­nity for re­cruits

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Josh Stronach

Lo­cal Pil­bara busi­ness Green­tree Bithuwarnda Fenc­ing and Civil has joined the rush of WA em­ploy­ers re­cruit­ing their ap­pren­tices straight out of high school off the back of 2016 grad­u­ate re­sults.

Stu­dents across the Pil­bara have now re­ceived their Western Aus­tralian Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion re­sults and their main round univer­sity of­fers.

Ay­den Say­lor and Tyler Ri­d­ley have both re­cently been re­cruited as en­gi­neer­ing fab­ri­ca­tion ap­pren­tices with Green­tree Bithuwarnda Fenc­ing and Civil.

Say­lor said he was ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties the qual­i­fi­ca­tion would open up for him. “I was look­ing for the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther my skills, and set my­self up for the fu­ture with a trade back­ground that I can take any­where with me,” he said. “Hav­ing only just fin­ished school, this is a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence for me and I’m sure Tyler and I will push each other to be­come great trades­men.”

Green­tree Bithuwarnda gen­eral man­ager An­to­nio Lara said the busi­ness has used the down­turn pe­riod faced by the Pil­bara re­gion as op­por­tu­nity for growth and ex­pan­sion into new streams of work. “Hav­ing the skills to main­tain and also ex­pand these new op­por­tu­ni­ties was the key mo­ti­va­tor in of­fer­ing these ap­pren­tice­ships, hence both Ay­den and Tyler will be­come key em­ploy­ees for our busi­ness as we drive for­ward,” he said.

“These are the first ap­pren­tice­ships we have of­fered and we are very proud to be able to of­fer these op­por­tu­ni­ties to the lo­cal youth, par­tic­u­larly in these lean times.

“Hav­ing them trained and ready will be a great bonus when the work front in the re­gion picks back up.”

Mr Lara said in­vest­ing in job cre­ation dur­ing tough times would give the com­mu­nity sta­bil­ity and con­ti­nu­ity when the eco­nomic tide turns again.

Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia man­ager Lena Con­stan­tine urged Pil­bara em­ploy­ers to re­cruit re­cent grad­u­ates into an ap­pren­tice­ship or trainee­ship.

Fig­ures re­leased in De­cem­ber by the Na­tional Cen­tre for Vo­ca­tion Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search are pos­i­tive news for both busi­ness and stu­dents.

The study found more than 83 per cent of grad­u­ates who un­der­took gov­ern­ment-funded ap­pren­tice­ships or trainee­ships were em­ployed af­ter train­ing.

Ms Con­stan­tine said the high suc­cess rates showed the VET sys­tem ef­fec­tively sup­ported em­ploy­ers in train­ing and build­ing a ca­pa­ble, skilled work­force.

“We are see­ing the vast ma­jor­ity of stu­dents go straight into em­ploy­ment, so we know that the vo­ca­tional sec­tor is pro­vid­ing ef­fec­tive sup­port to em­ploy­ers and turn­ing out highly skilled workers who can con­trib­ute to the busi­ness,” she said.

Josh Stronach is a Kar­ratha-based in­dus­try train­ing con­sul­tant with Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia, con­tracted by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Net­work ser­vices. If you have any ques­tions about ap­pren­tice­ships, trainee­ships and train­ing op­tions in your busi­ness and com­mu­nity, phone Josh on 0488 919 159.

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