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First induction of adult apprentices for resource and energy sector in National Apprenticeships Program

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Skills shortages in the resource and energy sector are being addressed by SkillsTech Australia in collaboration with national Group Training Organisations and Registered Training Organisations through the National Apprenticeships Program.  

SkillsTech Australia aims to recruit, train and employ adult apprentices through the program to combat skills shortages in the resource and energy sectors.  

SkillsTech Australia is a leading Queensland-based trade and technician training TAFE institute and the National Coordinator of this program.  

According to SkillsTech Australia Director of Client Services and Industry Engagement, Helen Bulle, the National Apprenticeships Program is a new program developed by East Coast Apprenticeships in which the institute undertakes Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessments for candidates who have often worked in the industry without qualifications or want to upskill to move into another trade.  

She added that the first induction of adult apprentices for this program last week will result in experienced skilled workers being delivered to the resource and energy sectors. These industrial sectors continue to be a boom area for Queensland and Australia necessitating a skilled workforce.  

Apprentices in the program will receive training for qualifications in electrical, instrumentation, diesel fitting, engineering and construction. The RPL assessment process will ensure that apprenticeships are completed in a shortened timeframe resulting in productive qualified workers on-site.  

Commencing in Queensland, the National Apprenticeships Program aims to deliver job-ready adult apprentices who can be utilised in major sites across Australia. The program will subsequently be rolled out to other states and territories.    

This article is presented by Ferret - www.ferret.com.au .

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