Mr Piccoli said the five day ‘Trade Readiness’ program developed by TAFE will target NSW senior school students and people who have left school and are looking to undertake an apprenticeship.
“This program is a win for both apprenticeship hopefuls and employers,” Mr Piccoli said.
“The NSW Government has committed $650,000 in 2014 to the ‘Trade Readiness’ program, which will help to put more young people in NSW on the right career path.
“It will also provide employers across the State with the opportunity to employ young people with the demonstrated skills and competence needed to excel in an apprenticeship.”
From the first half of 2014, more than 1,100 people will be given the opportunity to undertake the ‘Trade Readiness’ program. The voluntary program consists of four days of intensive hands-on vocational training and assessment with a fifth day involving exit interviews, career advice, counselling and literacy and numeracy checks.
The program will initially be made available to young people interested in an apprenticeship in carpentry, plumbing and various automotive trade areas. This will be expanded to include other trades-based occupations.
The ‘Trade Readiness’ program was trialled in South Western Sydney in 2013, focusing on skills including: initiative; attitude; trade literacy and numeracy; and hand-skills and coordination.
The NSW Apprenticeships Ambassador, Mr Bert Evans AO supports the program, which addresses some of the key issues identified in ‘A Fair Deal’, the 2011 integrated research report into apprentices and employers in NSW.
“Of all the initiatives intended to overcome the various challenges with apprenticeships, ‘Trade Readiness’ is the best I have seen,” Mr Evans said.
“It’s good for industry and employers, good for prospective apprentices and good for the economy.”