AN Apprenticeship Expo at TasTAFE’s Clarence Campus is giving people interested in gaining an apprenticeship the opportunity to find out more and connect with potential employers.
The Apprenticeship Expo, held on 31 October, is aimed at school and college students, parents, and anyone considering an apprenticeship or looking to develop their skills.
Recent data shows there has never been a better time to be an apprentice in Tasmania.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research March 2019 quarter data shows Tasmania is leading the nation, with more apprentices and trainees acquiring new skills.
Over the year to March 2019, Tasmanian trade apprenticeships have surged by 10.4 per cent, despite the national rate of trade apprenticeships declining by 0.6 per cent.
TasTAFE chief executive officer Jenny Dodd said apprentices played a vital role in building Tasmania’s skilled workforce.
She said TasTAFE was proud to train more than 4,500 apprentices each year, with numbers increasing.
“Apprenticeships help train the next generation of workers across a range of industries and keep our economy ticking by, filling a range of skills needs,” she said.
“They are a great option for a young person just starting their career, or older Tasmanians looking to upskill or change careers.
“Apprenticeships have many advantages, including earning, while learning and gaining practical skills both on the job and through training.
“Many former apprentices go on to start their own businesses and employ their own apprentices.”
The Apprenticeship Expo will include a panel discussion with an apprentice and employer about what’s involved in an apprenticeship and why it’s a great career option.
Attendees will then have the opportunity to talk to TasTAFE teachers, employers and other groups such as Apprenticeship Network Providers and industry bodies.
Some employers attending will be looking for apprentices, so it will be a good opportunity for people looking for an apprenticeship to connect with them.
There will also be a tour of the Clarence Campus Construction workshops on the night.
The Apprenticeship Expo will be held at TasTAFE’s Clarence Campus (4a Bounty Street, Warrane) on Thursday 31 October 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm.
Entry is free.
For more information and to register, visit www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/apprenticeship-expo.
Caption: Teacher Paul McKay with student Marcus Haley, an apprentice studying his Certificate III in Bricklaying.