Tools for trade match­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - CLASSIFIEDS - Francine Pull­man

AN ap­pren­tice needs the right tools of the trade but rarely do we think of these as online re­sources.

To achieve suc­cess­ful ap­pren­tice out­comes, ex­perts are us­ing online job- ready test­ing tools to help keep ap­pren­tices, by en­sur­ing ap­pro­pri­ate place­ment in the first place.

Part of a game- chang­ing plan to in­crease Queens­land ap­pren­tice en­gage­ment and com­ple­tion rates, the Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia’s ( ASA) free “job- fit” test as­sesses user- per­for­mance in sev­eral key ar­eas in­clud­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion, or­gan­i­sa­tion, team work, and per­sonal brand­ing.

ASA Queens­land Re­gional Man­ager in Townsville, Marthisa An­drews says the test also gives can­di­dates rank­ings on their suit­abil­ity for up to five job types.

“The job- fit test is part of a fron­tend ap­proach to ap­pren­tice re­cruit­ment that fo­cuses on as­sess­ing the ap­ti­tude and suit­abil­ity of po­ten­tial ap­pren­tices be­fore they com­mit to an ap­pren­tice­ship con­tract,” she said.

The test, which can be found at www. skill­sroad. com. au, gives users feed­back on ar­eas in which they can im­prove, as well as tip sheets and other re­sources they can use to achieve bet­ter re­sults if they are keen to fol­low a cer­tain path­way.

Ms An­drews said the onus was not only on ap­pren­tices to suc­ceed.

“We also have a re­cruit- ready di­ag­nos­tic tool that can be ac­cessed at ap­pren­tice­ship­sup­port. com. au to help em­ploy­ers spotlight ar­eas in their busi­nesses that are fail­ing to at­tract, en­gage and re­tain tal­ent,” Ms An­drews said.

This test has prac­ti­cal tools and down­load­able guides to help busi­nesses im­prove re­cruit­ment, in­duc­tion and per­for­mance man­age­ment prac­tices be­fore tak­ing on an ap­pren­tice.

Both tests, de­signed by ex­perts in or­gan­i­sa­tional psy­chol­ogy and re­cruit­ment, have been de­vel­oped in re­sponse to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s up­heaval of the ap­pren­tice­ship sup­port pro­gram, aimed at im­prov­ing slid­ing ap­pren­tice start­ing and com­ple­tion rates.

“A job is a pass­port to a bet­ter life and se­cur­ing a spot on the job lad­der is get­ting harder, but we need to en­sure young peo­ple aren’t be­ing churned through train­ing that doesn’t lead to jobs be­cause they’ve made poorly in­formed choices,” Ms An­drews said.

“We also want to help busi­nesses avoid the mis­take of re­cruit­ing ap­pren­tices with­out hav­ing the cor­rect mech­a­nisms in place to en­sure they can truly shine.

“These online di­ag­nos­tics are an ac­ces­si­ble way to help bridge the gaps pre­vent­ing the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of ap­pren­tice­ships in Aus­tralia.”

Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia is a new na­tional com­pany that was cho­sen to de­liver the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Net­work pro­gram across the coun­try from July 1, 2015.

“These online di­ag­nos­tics are an ac­ces­si­ble way to help bridge the gaps pre­vent­ing the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of ap­pren­tice­ships in Aus­tralia.”

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

MATCHED: Ap­pren­tice Lochlan Christensen passed the ‘ test’.

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