Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

World of Opportunity from Trade Training

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

World of Opportunity from Trade Training

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As hundreds of young people across the region consider their options in higher education, work or the notion of a gap year, Wide Bay Institute of TAFE (WBIT) advocate and senior training consultant Kirsty Marwick has urged motivated high achievers to combine their passions and consider vocational pathways that pay.

aA trade is a lot more than asomething to fall back on,a Kirsty said.

aItas something you can take pride in and build a future around.

aReally, starting an apprenticeship or traineeship is like receiving a treasure map, but how much gold you receive depends on what skills you have and how hard youare willing to work.

aMy role is to ensure Wide Bay TAFE has the best possible strategies in place, so employers and students get the most benefits from industry-based training, consistently providing the right skills for the job are vital to our success and the region as a whole.

aWhen an employer offers an apprenticeship to someone what theyare saying is, a[approximately]I believe in you, Iam even going to pay you while I give you the skills to be the best you can be, and at the job you love doing!a

aTAFE is here to support employers in doing this and we certainly welcome inquiries from employers seeking flexible solutions in training their craftsmen and craftswomen of the future.

Many employers actively look for TAFE graduates to fill trade vacancies. Statewide itas been estimated 76% of TAFE students find work, with employment rates exceeding 90% in some community service areas.

Flexibility is an important aspect of the TAFE training approach, she says.

aWe have almost limitless ways to deliver, including online at-work video conferencing.

aWeare committed to providing innovative options to support quality training wherever it may be delivered, to make it easier on all concerned.

aThere has never been a better time to employ an apprentice or trainee, or a better time to consider these options as a pathway to a successful future. …

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