Roll into learn­ing

A qual­i­fi­ca­tion in­creas­ingly is vi­tal for a long ca­reer, writes Lau­ren Ah­wan

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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.’’

Pic­ture: Mike Keat­ing

AD­VAN­TAGE: Bob Jane T-Marts tyre tech­ni­cian Robert Bar­fett at work.

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