QLD Government offering access to free apprenticeships

The Queensland Government is offering free apprenticeships to anyone under 21.

The government says the $32 million investment will take away the cost of training from employers and help an estimated 60,000 young people into a trade.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it adds to payroll tax concessions already announced helping small businesses even more.

“This government is about jobs,” the Premier said. “Jobs in our regions, jobs in our cities, jobs in existing industries and jobs in the industries of the future.

“No government has helped to create more jobs than this government and we need to keep up the good work.”

The fully subsidised training will be offered in 139 apprentice and traineeships in industries showing a high demand for workers. This includes the automotive industry in which the following apprenticeships are available:
• Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Fuel Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Automotive Drivetrain Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Automotive Engine Reconditioning – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations – Bus, Truck and Trailer – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Automotive Sales (Parts Interpreting) – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Automotive Underbody Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Bicycle Workshop Operations – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Elevating Work Platform Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Forklift Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology – Apprenticeship
• Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology – Apprenticeship

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the Skills for Queensland plan includes programs and initiatives that will target critical skills needs that address current skills shortages, the new skills needed for existing jobs, emerging opportunities brought about by technology advances, and regional and state-wide priorities.

“We need to plan for the future of Queensland and ensure we have the skilled workers we need now and for the emerging industries,” said Ms Fentiman.

“This investment in free apprenticeships will support local businesses to be able to take on more apprentices and trainees. We are backing their business to grow.

“Right now, businesses bear the cost for training an apprentice, we will be removing this expense to support businesses to be able to take on more apprentices and trainees.”

The initiatives include:
• A $5.5 million Micro-Credentialing pilot will support employers and their workers to gain the skill sets needed to adapt to workplace changes including new technologies
• A next generation Higher Level Apprenticeship pilot that will train apprentices in specialty and emerging technical and trade fields
• Review and Expansion of the Gateway to Industry Schools program so that school students can train in emerging and innovative industries
• A government-endorsed Skills Assure system for students and employers to have confidence in a quality training experience
• A new Link and Launch pilot to target youth hot spots and provide seamless access to government programs like the successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work or Back to Work
• A new Ministerial Roundtable to ensure government hears industry input to skills investment priorities first‑hand
• New regional jobs committees to bring together local industry groups, training providers, local and major employers, and councils to help plan local training.

The government says that the Skills for Queensland plan will also support the ongoing sustainability of the public providers to ensure Queensland’s training system is inclusive and accessible to all with stronger investment in social infrastructure that offers state of the art training facilities.

“This is a plan that will strengthen connections to regional communities and embrace new opportunities and partnerships with industry, employers and small business so more Queenslanders can have access to the skills they need to get a job and build a career,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Small business will have a stronger voice informing government investment in workforce training and skills development.”

Original source: Motor Trader Magazine (September 2019)

10 Sept 2019