Try a trade program

YOUNG people across NSW will make better informed decisions about which apprenticeship is right for them, thanks to a new TAFE NSW initiative.

The five day "Trade Readiness" program will target NSW senior school students and people who have left school and are looking to undertake an apprenticeship.

The program, which was launched early this year, will give more than 1100 people the opportunity to benefit from 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 NSW Apprenticeships Ambassador,

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."

The Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli said the NSW Government had committed $650,000 to the "Trade Readiness" program this year.

"The program will help put more young people in NSW on the right career path," Mr Piccoli said. "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."

■ Details: www.tafensw.edu.au.

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