Awards night recog­nises achieve­ments of WA’s ap­pren­tices

South Western Times - - News -

The Ap­pren­tice Trainee­ship Com­pany will host its awards night to­mor­row to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of its stu­dents.

Com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Stan Liaris said the night was the com­pany’s premier event.

“We are the largest em­ployer of ap­pren­tices in the WA re­gional ar­eas, we em­ploy about 300 ap­prenecon­omy tices and trainees right across the board,” he said.

“It is re­ally im­por­tant to recog­nise the skills, achieve­ments and ded­i­ca­tion of a lot of our ap­pren­tices.

“We also recog­nise the loyal and high-per­form­ing host em­ploy­ers as well.

“So it is a sig­nif­i­cant event and it cer­tainly serves the great pur­pose of ac­knowl­edg­ing the achieve­ments of some very fine young peo­ple in the re­gion.”

Mr Liaros said while re­cent en­rol­ment fig­ures had been lower than usual, he ex­pected an in­crease in the near fu­ture.

“Closer to home with the lithium pro­ject at Green­bushes and the $300 mil­lion ex­pan­sion at Ke­mer­ton, those projects will ramp up in the near fu­ture,” he said.

“There will also be as­so­ci­ated in­dus­tries that will feed into that growth so that should gen­er­ate some in­ter­est in the re­gion.

“Some of the tra­di­tional trades in build­ing and con­struc­tion have been a bit slug­gish be­cause the hasn’t re­ally grown.

“Some of our em­ploy­ers in that field are say­ing they are keen to em­ploy an ap­pren­tice but they need to wait a bit un­til busi­ness picks up.”

Mr Liaros said the ramp­ing up of WA’s mining sec­tor will have a trickle down ef­fect on ap­pren­tice and trainee numbers.

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