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Tradie drought threatens Australia’s green future

05 October, 2018

Master Electricians Australia (MEA) has warned that the current drought in Australians undertaking apprenticeships or traineeships threatens the viability of future energy saving schemes.

Data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) reveals that only 268,600 people were undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in 2017.

MEA CEO Malcolm Richards said that unless there was a reversal to this alarmingly low trend then it would prohibit future government energy initiatives.

“There is presently a record low rate of apprentices which is going to lead to a major shortage of qualified tradespeople in the coming years,” Mr Richards said.

“Highly skilled and well-trained tradespeople are going to be essential to the Australian energy sector in the future, particularly with the advancement of new technologies.

“Just a few days ago we saw the South Australian Government announce a scheme to provide 50,000 solar panels and batteries, which will obviously rely heavily on local tradespeople to deliver the scheme.

“MEA welcomes government initiatives as well as investment in new technologies in the energy sector, but we need the tradies in place to deliver these programs.

“If we don’t see a pickup in the number of young Australians wishing to learn a trade, then it will prohibit many future schemes in the energy sector.

According to the NCVER data the number of Australians undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship has plummeted across the country to levels similar to those recorded in the early 2000s.

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Wes Madycki | Friday, November 30, 2018, 12:34 AM
And whose fault is it? The Government departments responsible for education, totally screwed up the TAFE system with cuts to funding creating teacher shortages and disincentives to young people so they (potential apprentices) just bailed out - too hard, complicated and expensive. When it was obvious what a mess they had created, those same government departments encouraged employers to engage apprentices with salary incentives but many "kids" had lost interest and there has been a slow take up. This has provided a great opportunity for many businesses to engage overseas people on special visas (at a cheaper cost and time saving) which will only excaserbate our own problem. This is not the only area that the "expert advisers" to government departments have messed up as part of cost saving measures. Damn right I am kranky over this.