Home' Careers Magazine : March 2011 Educate Yourself Contents 12 NEWCASTLE HERALD Wednesday, March 23, 2011
It's not just the job seeker who benefits when a
company engages an apprentice.
EDUCATE YOURSELF FOR A BRIGHTER CAREER
WHY should businesses consider taking on an apprentice?
Because it actually increases productivity.
Just ask the Housing Industry Association, which last year
conducted an internal survey of its members on the subject.
The NSW manager of HIA Apprentices Wayne O'Brien said the
survey found that, contrary to popular belief, an apprentice or
trainee can help increase productivity as more skilled and senior
workers are freed up to get on with the more technical tasks.
''A survey with our apprentice hosts nationally showed that as
soon as an apprentice was taught the basics of the job, the
businesses actually picked up extra work,'' Mr O'Brien said.
In NSW the HIA employs between 40 and 130 apprentices a year
through its own group training organisation. It says there are still
skills shortages in the construction industry, with more people
retiring than entering the sector.
''Bricklaying is probably the trade that has the biggest shortage,''
Mr O'Brien said.
''It can be hard attracting the right candidate for an
apprenticeship or traineeship. We are starting to get a lot more
applications from adult apprentices, from people who are
looking at a mid-career change.''
The Motor Traders' Association (MTA) runs its own industry
group training program, Apprenticeships Plus.
Chief executive Phil Perdikaris said it takes the risk out of
employing apprentices and makes it easier for businesses to offer
''A lot of people still take on apprentices directly,'' he said. ''There
is a big shortage of automotive apprentices but there are more
now coming into the industry. We do a lot of marketing of the
program ourselves, talking to schools about the career prospects
available in the automotive industry.''
Mr Perdikaris said the industry was trying to get away from the
''grease-monkey'' image of the past.
''A lot of automotive apprentices now find there is a lot more work
in service management in big dealerships and the industry is a
lot more technical and computer-oriented.
''The whole industry has moved away from the workshop base, it
is a lot more fast-paced.''
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