Media Statement: Careers Australia Collapse Requires Urgent Response

May 26, 2017

Energy Skills Queensland has rallied the State and Federal Government asking for an urgent response to the collapse of private training group Careers Australia which will jeopardise the job prospects of hundreds of Queensland electrical apprentices.
As the leading, independent, not-for-profit organisation providing innovative solutions to enable a skilled and safe energy industry, Energy Skills Queensland continued to secure training and employment assistance for the future of hundreds of young Queenslanders who will be left in the lurch by the collapse of Careers Australia.

Energy Skills Queensland’S Chief Executive Officer Penelope Twemlow said that electrical apprentice funding follows the apprentice if they move to another training organisation. However, this places a further burden on employers who would need to select an alternate provider and undertake various paperwork to ensure retention of apprentices which could be a costly process.

“The priority is to ensure the continuation of training and job placements of electrical apprentices nationally. All students who were undertaking training with Careers Australia will need assistance to ensure they are not out-of-pocket. In particular, electrical apprentices must be assured that their trade training can continue with as little disruption as possible”.

“The electrical supply industry is already experiencing significant drop-out rates in apprenticeships so the possible significant loss of apprentices across Australia will only worsen this situation. This in turn will create a labour shortage in the market and, with an aging workforce in the electrical sector already, a skills deficit which is already beginning to be felt”.

“Our key aim is to ensure a safe and sufficiently skilled electrical workforce of the future, so Energy Skills Queensland will continue to work with State and Federal Governments, electrical supply industry stakeholders and training organisations to ensure support and funding for apprenticeships and apprentices continues”.

For point of contact, connect with Energy Skills Queensland’s CEO Penelope Twemlow through (07) 3721 8800

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