Below you will find a link to a copy of the ETU NSW submission to the NSW Government’s approach to deregulating the apprenticeship system, the ETU NSW Branch submission was lodged Monday afternoon.
The ETU NSW Branch has sought the assistance of the McKell Institute in preparing the submission. The McKell Institute formulated the response based on industry commentary from bosses, the Union, TAFE teachers & regulators. There is also generous input from the training industry.
Concerns about many issues are included. Here are just a few:-
- Registered Training Organisations providing dummy training or no training at all.
- The capacity for workers to enter Apprenticeships as independent contractors or casuals.
- Continued reduction in face to face theory education.
- Use of apprentices as cheap labour and supervising each other.
- Bullying of apprentices by bosses and some tradesmen.
- Wage rates that are so low apprentices are finding it difficult to survive.
- Trade outcomes reduced with less rigor on the Trade.
- Less rigor on the Trade means it’s easier to get an Electrical License and that means our Trade is undermined.
This is our biggest fight ever and I will be ensuring that we develop and initiate a campaigning approach to this matter.
Please read the report thoroughly and hold meetings in your workplace to bring the issues to the attention of your workmates. Please use the elements of the report to talk to apprentices and get them to join the campaign and join the Union.
Please feel free to forward the report on to as many of your acquaintances as you can – workers, bosses and trainers alike.
The ETU NSW Branch are going to campaign strongly on this issue and your assistance and support will be essential.