Positive pathways for trade students

Positive pathways for trade students

  • Published on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Earlier this year Senator, the Honourable Scott Ryan, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills visited MEGT’s Trade Skills Centre in Ringwood, Victoria, to announce $6.8 million in Commonwealth funding for a new multi-industry school-based and pre-apprenticeship pilot project.

The project was established by the Apprenticeship Employment Network, the peak industry body representing not-for-profit group training companies across Victoria, and will be run with the help of metropolitan and regional group training organisations across Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.

Through the initiative, up to 2,000 young people will be supported over the next two years as they trial a range of industries to help them make an informed choice as to which career pathway is right for them. The participants will consist of up to 1,000 secondary school students and up to 1,000 job seekers.

The first multi-industry pilot (MIP) was launched in Hobart, Tasmania this month by MEGT and TasTAFE Clarence Campus, for 11 students training and working in the building and construction sector.  The participants will undertake study and gain hands-on work experience as they rotate through a range of areas including carpentry, plastering, painting and bricklaying.

The students have already found the hands-on experience valuable in helping them understanding what life is like onsite. The MIP has also given them an idea of the trades they may be suited for, with several students already gaining an interest in several different career options within the trade sector.

“The pilot provides an opportunity for individuals to try a number of vocational occupations and also for an employer to find the best possible fit for their business when looking to recruit an apprentice,” said Minister Ryan.

Chief Executive Officer of MEGT Mr David Windridge said “This pilot project provides an exciting opportunity to engage young Australians in a pathway to pursue their chosen careers. MEGT’s local consultants will be able to provide support throughout this project not just to students, but also to parents, schools and host employers.”

For more information about the project, click here.

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