Albany reverses slump in training

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

Apprenticeships and traineeships have hit a nationwide slump, but recent statistics from South Regional TAFE show the Albany campus has bucked the trend.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research figures show a 4.7 per cent decrease in apprentices and trainees in-training from June 30, 2016 to June 30 this year.

Across the State, apprentice and trainee numbers have slid by 9 per cent.

However, South Regional TAFE managing director Duncan Anderson said apprentice enrolments had increased since June 30, 2016.

“In 2017, apprentice enrolments increased by 9 per cent compared with 2016,” he said. Mr Anderson said 335 apprentices were training at the Albany campus of South Regional TAFE.

Electrical apprentice Logan Stubber, 21, said he undertook vocational training in 2015 to ensure job security in the future.

“Once I have completed my apprenticeship and get my trade certificate, I will always have that trade behind me and to fall back on if I were to change my occupation later down the track,” he said.

“By doing an apprenticeship it helps my job prospects because I have that experience and knowledge behind me and I could end up starting my own business and being really successful in what I do.”

Describing apprentices as future tradespeople, Mr Anderson said investing in apprentices was an investment in the growth and prosperity of industry and the broader economy.

“Apprenticeships are by their nature linked to broader economic factors,” he said.

“Employers who take on an apprentice need to have confidence in their business to invest in their future.”

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