Advancing Apprentices and Trainees through a range of Sustainability focussed Vocational Education and Training options.
Nicholas Wyman looks at why a shortage of middle-skilled workers (such as electricians, chefs, carpenters, auto mechanics and welders) is resulting in diminished growth prospects for our economy. Why is this so and how can we fix it?
Australia has enjoyed a relatively robust economy and low unemployment rate for several years. Our success, however, has created a problem of a shortage of middle-skilled workers.
Nicholas discusses how we can close the Gap and what we can do to help reduce youth unemployment.
Nicholas explains how the current government programs are faring.
Congratulations to Sevag Parseghianwho has been named Apprentice of the Year at the 2012 Victorian Training Awards. Sevag was acknowledged for his outstanding performance and dedication throughout his apprenticeship. He completed a Cert III in Automotive Mechanic – Light Vehicle at Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE and was hosted by Mercedes-Benz Melbourne. Sevag worked on many. He was extremely pleased to be the winner of such a prestigious award and thanked WPC Group and Mercedes-Benz Melbourne as his employers. Sevag is now in the running to win the National Apprentice of the Year award which will be named later in 2012. Mercedes Benz is constantly refining the environmental performance of their vehicles, working on alternative power trains, using new and more eco-friendly production processes and promoting the development of alternative fuels. Read more about the Road to Emission Free Mobility here.
Congratulations also to Stephanie Greene who was finalist in this year’s Victorian Trainee of the Year. Stephanie recently completed her Cert III in Business at Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE (BRIT), was employed by WPC Group with her host employer placement at the Department of Justice – Loddon Mallee Region. Well done Stephanie.
I would like to invite you to join this very exciting initiative. The ‘green economy’ will require both new skilled occupations and skills development in traditional occupations. The ‘green economy’ will grow through the creation and expansion of innovative organisations that offer solutions based on new cultures, new skill sets, and efficient technologies.
There are three drivers for this innovation: global warming and measures to address climate change - decarbonisation of the economy; customer demand for products and services that minimise their environmental footprint - supply chain solutions for mitigating risk and enhancing reputational value and; the need to restore and rehabilitate environmental mistakes of the past. These drivers will give rise to real employment opportunities.