Workshops to tackle trades ‘mid-life crisis’


Posted on 03/09/15 in apprenticeships, General

Free events across Queensland to help employers induct and engage Gen Y, Apprentices and Trainees.

A trades “mid-life crisis” has prompted the launch of a series of workshops around Queensland as part of a front line strategy to boost Australian Apprenticeship completions, following latest figures [1]showing completion rates have plunged to just 46 per cent.
The first free “Creating a winning workplace” workshop for employers, developed by Apprenticeship Support Australia, will kick off in Brisbane at the Hotel Grand Chancellor (Click Here to RSVP) on September 9 at 4.30 pm.

Apprenticeship Support Australia is also running the workshops in Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast free of charge as part of its commitment to the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.

Here is a list of workshops in Queensland. Please follow the links for more information:

Who should attend
Brisbane Employers 9 September at 16.30 - 18.30
Toowoomba Employers 10 September at 16.30 - 18.30
Cairns Employers 15 September at 16.30 - 18.30
Townsville Employers 17 September at 16.30 - 18.30
Gold Coast Employers 22 September at 16.30 - 18.30
Sunshine Coast Employers 23 September at 16.30 - 18.30
Danielle.jpg“Historically around a third of all apprentices and trainees leave within the first year of starting their contracts, with the most commonly cited reasons relating to working conditions,” says Apprenticeship Support Australia organisational psychologist and workshop facilitator, Danielle Buckley.
“Apprenticeship Support Australia research has found that relationship breakdowns between employers and their young employees are playing a critical role in the fallout – these workshops are all about not just bridging breakdowns but empowering employers with tools to avoid conflicts in the first place.”
The workshops come at a crucial time for Australia’s employment demographic, with the average age of tradespeople hitting 40, flagging a looming shortage of skilled trades workers, while Queensland labour-force participation[2] for 20-24 year-olds has dropped to levels last seen in the 80’s at 80.3 percent.
“Gen Y is set to make up 75 per cent of the workforce by 2025,” says Apprenticeship Support Australia’s Southern Queensland Regional Manager, Max Boudan.
“We need to support employers to successfully ensure we skill our local people so that they are ready to take up the mettle when the current generation of tradies retires.
“These workshops are part of our commitment to help employers successfully attract, recruit, train and mentor apprentices into their businesses to prepare for the mid-life trades crisis ahead.
“If your business is struggling with recruiting, inducting and retaining job-ready staff then you cannot afford to miss these events!”

[1] NCVER Apprentice and trainee completion rates slightly down July 2015
[2] The Queensland labour market and training review July 2015

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