TIPS TO MAKE A LATE CHANGE

I’M IN MY EARLY 50s AND WANT A TRAINEESHIP TO BREAK INTO THE TELCO (NBN) IN­DUS­TRY. WHAT IS YOUR AD­VICE?

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EX­PE­RI­ENCED DAR­REN BUCHANAN MAN­AG­ING DIREC­TOR, HAYS QUEENS­LAND

Firstly visit nbnco.com.au and click on ca­reers for in­for­ma­tion on train­ing pro­gram op­tions, ap­proved train­ing providers and NBN ac­cred­i­ta­tion. Specif­i­cally, learn about NBN’s In­dus­try Work­force De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, which can pro­vide you with the skills and knowl­edge you’d need “to meet the de­mand and qual­ity stan­dards for the NBN net­work”. Ac­cord­ing to NBN, their “train­ing pro­grams are di­rectly linked to the skill gaps needed to help build, op­er­ate and main­tain the NBN net­work”. The web­site also con­tains in­for­ma­tion on train­ing sub­si­dies and the re­cruit­ment process.

MID-CA­REER AN­DREA DAVEY CHIEF OP­ER­AT­ING OF­FI­CER, EM­PLOY­MENT OF­FICE

No mat­ter what stage you are at in your work­ing life, it is im­por­tant to do what you en­joy. First, make sure the in­dus­try, day-to-day work and lifestyle re­ally are suited to what you need and want. Sec­ond, check that you are likely to be able to se­cure a role in that in­dus­try (for ex­am­ple, that there is the de­mand) and get a clear un­der­stand­ing of what em­ploy­ers will need you to demon­strate. If you need to ex­pand your skillset or qual­i­fi­ca­tions, you should care­fully ex­plore what is the most ap­pro­pri­ate train­ing pro­gram. Your pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence could in­flu­ence the type of study you may re­quire.

UP & COM­ING JULIE FORD SE­NIOR EX­EC­U­TIVE CON­SUL­TANT, McARTHUR

The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment web­site has help­ful in­for­ma­tion about adult and ma­ture-age trainee­ships. A quick search re­veals an en­try course Cer­tifi­cate II in NBN Con­struc­tion could be a good start. Re­search the sec­tor and look for busi­nesses ser­vic­ing this grow­ing area. Call to dis­cuss what they are look­ing for and where their short­ages are. An­other good idea is to search cur­rent va­can­cies on SEEK to de­ter­mine where the most de­mand is, what are the roles and what skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions are re­quired. You might have to take a step back­ward as you re-skill but the po­ten­tial for a sec­ond ca­reer is great.

THE EX­PERT DR NERIDA HILLBERG DIREC­TOR OF PSY­CHOL­OGY, FER­RIS MAN­AGE­MENT CON­SUL­TANTS

Em­ploy­ers are in­creas­ingly recog­nis­ing the tremen­dous ex­pe­ri­ence and skill sets of­fered by older Aus­tralians. A ma­ture-age traineeship would be a means by which you could en­ter the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try. Re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions that are re­cruit­ing – a sim­ple search of the SEEK web­site would give you in­for­ma­tion on the or­gan­i­sa­tions to tar­get. You could also tar­get var­i­ous reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions (RTOs). Also con­duct a search on “NBN”. This will alert you to path­ways, pro­cesses and train­ing for peo­ple ea­ger to en­ter the in­dus­try.

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