Rail, Aviation and Transport
Rail, Aviation and Transport
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 Abbott Government negotiated the terms of the China Free Trade Agreement in secret because it comes at the cost of local jobs, worker safety, workplace rights and community safety.
Next Monday we're rallying in Canberra to stop the China Free Trade Agreement and demand the Government renegotiate the deal in the interests of the community.
Use your lunch break to join the rally – more information in the attached flyer. RSVP here.
August 10, 2015 at 12pm - 1pm
Garema Place, Canberra
25 Garema Pl
Canberra, ACT 2600
The public is overwhelmingly against this deal and making our message heard is crucial to protecting local jobs. Invite your friends and colleagues. See you there.
With the support of WorkCover NSW, the ETU and other industry representatives, have developed a free asbestos e‐learning package for electrical workers providing important information on:
What is asbestos
The health risks associated with exposure to airborne asbestos
Where asbestos containing materials may be found in the electrical industry
The safety controls that minimise the risk of asbestos exposure
Examples of real life electrical work situations involving asbestos
To complete the online training simply CLICK HERE.
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
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