Roll into learning
A qualification increasingly is vital for a long career, writes Lauren Ahwan
QUALIFICATIONS obtained after school have become essential to finding a job because openings for unskilled work are rapidly declining.
Sarina Russo Institute education chief executive Kathleen Newcombe says the expectation that new staff will immediately add value to a business means there are now few positions for jobseekers without post-school training.
She says the only exception may be Year 12 students who have undertaken school-based vocational education.
This is a fast-track option, which is becoming very popular with high schools around the country,’’ Newcombe says.
Undertaking a certificate or diploma qualification in addition to completing Year 12 will certainly enhance the resume of a school leaver.
Employers can clearly see the competencies the candidate has demonstrated and relate these to the requirements of the job.’’
Federal Government predictions show Australia will need an extra 829,000 workers in the next five years to ensure economic growth – the vast majority requiring qualifications higher than that achieved in secondary school.
Only 7 per cent of new jobs will be suitable for unskilled or low-skilled workers.
However, Australian Bureau of Statistics research shows only 60 per cent of people aged 15 to 64 hold a post-school qualification.
Newcombe says the qualifications required for entry-level positions vary greatly among industries but many – including the high-growth area of aged care – are moving towards certificate III qualifications as a minimum.
Even general skills, such as strong written and verbal communication and the ability to work with others, are best demonstrated through the successful completion of a training program, she says.
Bob Jane T-Marts has intro- duced a national accreditation system for its tyre technicians.
The first group received their Certificate III in Automotive Retail, Service and Repair in September and the training program is being rolled out nationally.
Training previously occurred on the job and there was no formal recognition of the skills learned.
Robert Barfett, 30, started with Bob Jane T-Marts about eight years ago with no postschool qualifications as he did not finish a brake and underbody apprenticeship.
Doing this means I’ve actually got a trade under my belt,’’ Barfett says. And it’s already furthered my work possibilities. I’m already doing a lot more office work and I’m helping to train some of the other guys.
I’ve always had the goal of moving into head office or becoming a training manager. Doing this means (those goals) have been noticed.’’
ADVANTAGE: Bob Jane T-Marts tyre technician Robert Barfett at work.