Opportunity for recruits
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.