Why Investing In Apprenticeship Makes Good Dollars And Sense #Forbes

1st November 2016  |  forbes.com  |  by Nicholas Wyman  |

In a highly polarized election cycle, it is hard to find a topic on which presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree. But there is at least one area of common ground: both candidates know that the strength of the economy depends on getting more people into good jobs.

Whether it’s creating more jobs or filling the millions of job vacancies that exist, tackling unemployment depends on effective training and education. As Clinton stated in her acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, “College is crucial, but a four-year degree should not be the only path to a good job. We’re going to help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it.”

Clinton’s workforce and skills agenda  specifically calls for a tax credit for businesses that hire apprentices, and a bonus on that credit for hiring people under 25. Apprenticeship is a time-tested career-training model that is seeing more and more bipartisan support.

While Trump has never presented a formal agenda on workforce development, he has promised to increase access to higher education and skills training, and to invest in job training and education for veterans.

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New Age Automotive Skills Training Program Wins National Training Award


NISSMAP, an innovative automotive skills partnership program was announced as the winner of the 2016 Australian Training Awards “Australian Apprenticeships Employer Award” last night in Darwin.

The Nissan Mentored Mentorship Program (NISSMAP) is a partnership between WPC Group and Nissan Australia that places Automotive Technician Apprenticeships throughout Australia.

WPC Group General Manager, Andrew Sezonov said “we are delighted with the recognition and spotlight on advancing the cause of skill-based education through mentored apprenticeships.”

The NISSMAP program offers a competency-based accelerated apprenticeship qualification which can be completed in 2.8 years (most automotive apprenticeships are completed in four years), and is delivered in state-of-the-art TAFE facilities across the country, in conjunction with the Nissan Learning Academy.

Before commencing training, the NISSMAP apprentices are matched with a dedicated one-on-one mentor from WPC Group. With deep industry experience and counselling skills, these mentors have made the difference between success and failure for both the apprentices and Nissan dealer network. The Australian Training Awards Judging panel based their decision on factors such as leadership in vocational education and collaboration with stakeholders.

About WPC Group

WPC Group is one of Australia’s largest employers of apprentices and trainees, with over 600 apprentices and trainees currently working with more than 200 host employers. NISSMAP – the Nissan Mentored Apprenticeship Program is a world class mentored apprenticeship program.

#PTECH Featured in 2016 Educator Magazine Hot List

The Educator | December 2016

Who are the movers and shakers in education in Australia? Who are the pioneers?
For the second year in a row, The Educator shines a spotlight on 40 individuals leading the way in the field

Welcome to The Educator’s second annual Hot List.
It’s an unenviable task compiling a definitive list of the true leaders in this space, given the abundance of excellent work being undertaken across the country to enrich the educational experiences of K-12 students. So we once again turned to readers, asking for your submissions as to who warrants a place on this prestigious list.


Also features in the Hotlist (left to right): Karen Spiller: National chair, Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia Tina Tower: Founder and CEO, Begin Bright Simon Breakspear: Founder and executive director, Agile Schools

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response that we received. It attests to the outstanding efforts of those working in a broad range of educational institutions across Australia. In the end, the team at The Educator selected 40 individuals, who are profiled on the pages that follow.



What Does It Cost?

What Does it Cost to Hire an Apprentice?

Apprentice wages vary according to certain criteria eg. years of school completed, years of training, the type of apprenticeship and the industry or occupation. Apprentices are usually paid a training wage or an apprentice wage under an award or enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA), reflecting that the employee spends time in training.

WPC Group can provide you with an obligation free quote. Simply Contact an Industry Consultant at the WPC Group office nearest to you and we will issue you with a quote outlining costs associated with your industry and trade.

Hiring An Apprentice

Hiring an Apprentice

When hiring a WPC Group Apprentice, you make all the hiring decisions when it comes to selecting an apprentice for your business. WPC Group will provide you with a shortlist of suitable candidates for selection and can even organise for you to share an apprentice with another business if you don’t have enough work for an ongoing or full-time position. Hosting an apprentice is flexible, cost effective and tailored to suit you.

To find out how you can host a Greenskills Apprentice or Trainee, Contact your nearest office.