Energy Skills Queensland has introduced a no cost recruitment strategy for employers which will provide hundreds of electrical apprenticeship seekers with basic training and vital skills to kick start their careers.
ESQ have selectively recruited candidates for the Electrotechnology Pre-apprenticeship Program and are now calling on Queensland electrical businesses to take advantage of the scheme by employing an industry experienced participant as an apprentice.
ESQ Chief Executive Officer Glenn Porter said the Pre-apprenticeship Program will help fill workforce needs by providing electrical contractors with keen apprentices who have already received some industry training and support.
“This is a great opportunity for electrical employers to take some of the country’s most skilled future apprentices on board,” Mr Porter said.
“These candidates have all completed a Certificate II in Electrotechnology, 32 per cent of their off the job training, a construction industry White Card, CPR training and have their own PPE gear.
“All of the candidates are ready and willing to gain an apprenticeship and to start a rewarding career within the electrotechnology industry,” he said.
Research recently under taken by ESQ indicated that approximately 39 per cent of all commencing electrotechnology apprenticeships are cancelled as a result of poor recruitment, selection and induction techniques undertaken by many employers.
“Energy Skills Queensland’s Electrotechnology Pre-apprenticeship Program will maximise successful commencement and retention of new apprentices and trainees within the electrotechnology industry by ensuring participants are job ready before jumping in to an apprenticeship,” Mr Porter said.
Master Electrician spokesperson Stacey Ozolins agreed that apprentices are vital for the future success of the Australian electrical industry.
“Everyone remembers the person who gave them a start in their career. Passing on the skills we build up over a lifetime of experience is one of the most important things we can do to keep our industry strong,” Ms Ozolins said.
“It is well documented that demand for skilled electrical tradespeople will significantly increase next year and go on to sky rocket in 2013 and 2014 due to expansion in the energy and resources sectors and the rollout of the National Broadband Network.
“The Pre-apprenticeship Program participants will not only provide an excellent springboard for employers but will also help attack Australia’s skills shortage,” she said.
“This is a big win for businesses as they can take on apprentices who already have practical work experience up their sleeve and a third of their off the job training complete. Plus this all comes at no cost to the employer.”
ESQ’s Electrotechnology Pre-apprenticeship Program is funded by the Queensland Government through Skills Queensland’s Strategic Investment Fund.
To find out more about employing one of the selectively screened program participants contact ESQ Workforce Development Consultant Jody McAully on 0488 079 370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org