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The ETU is seriously concerned at the latest figures which show the number of people undertaking an apprenticeship - including in the electrical trades - has plummeted.
Shadow Minister for Skill's David Harris pointed out today that the number of apprenticeships being undertaking in September last year was 82,600 down from 146,200 in 2010.
This drop of almost 50% in five years is alarming. At the same time the ETU has witnessed a reduction in the quality of trade outcomes following the implementation of "Smart & Skilled" which has financially gutted the TAFE system and reduced face to face training time.
ETU Secretary Steve Butler said that this is a worrying trend which is not reversed will have severe consequences for all trades right across NSW.
"We have had feedback from many employers saying that the quality of apprentice training has dropped significantly." Steve said.
"On the job employers are seeing a drop off in the skills of apprentices particularly around competency and safety."
"The ETU has commissioned research into trade outcomes to help identify the problem and how it may be addressed."
"We have already started talking to MPs about changes and we will have more to say on this front later this month." said Steve.
The first four information evenings will be held in NEWCASTLE, the CENTRAL COAST, SYDNEY and WOLLONGONG with a further eighteen meetings scheduled across the state.
ALL members from all industry sectors are invited to come along and hear from your leadership team about the challenges we face including industrial matters, campaigns and the latest developments in Superannuation.
Full details for the meetings in Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney and Wollongong including times, dates and venues can be found HERE.
A full list of regional locations and dates can be found HERE. Once times and venues have been finalised for these locations we will notify members.
Food and drink will be served. If you wish to attend please RSVP to Joanne Crowder on 02 9267 4844 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The ETU was instrumental in the recent decision by Fair Work Australia to award significant increases to apprentice award rates of pay. The decision handed down on Thursday 22 August was the culmination of months of hard work coordinated and run by the ETU National Office.
In summary the key points covering the Electrical Contracting Award include:
Junior First year rate with year 12 - increased from 40% to 55% of trade
Junior Second year rate with year 12 - 52% to 65% of trade
Junior Third and Fourth year rates - unchanged (70% and 82% of trade)
Adult First year rate - 80% of trade
Adult Second year rate - minimum wage
Adult Third & Fourth year rate - the higher of the minimum wage or the junior rate
This decision represents a 37.5% pay rise for first year apprentices with year 12 (the rate is set at 50% of trades for first year apprentices without year 12) and we now have adult apprentices rates permanently and nationally.
Due to the size of these increases, there will be a 2 year phasing in period.
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