7th October 2010
Local Industry bridging looming skills gap
- Manufacturing & Engineering sector screaming for apprentices
- Looming skills shortage to impact on local economy
- Industry and Group Training working together to support engineering sector
- Engineering Trade now 1st choice option for school leavers
- Melbourne’s youth capitalize on massive opportunities in the trades
Melbourne, Australia – 10th August 2010
Melbourne’s engineering sector is benefitting from a joint partnership between industry and the Education & Training sector, creating massive opportunities for the school leavers and the younger generation.
Agfab, a well-regarded engineering business in Melbourne’s West, hosts two boiler-making apprentices and one fitting and turning apprentice from MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees, a Group Training Organisation devoted to the development of engineering apprentices.
“We host these young apprentices that are keen and willing to succeed,” says John Frattin, Managing Director of Agfab, “…we have one young chap who is only 16 years old in a fitting and turning apprenticeship, and it is amazing to see how buoyant and driven he is at such a young age.”
The partnership between MIGAS and Agfab demonstrates the alliance of training and industry, in support of the trades and the next generation. “The baby boomers are coming to the end of their working life, and there is a trade qualified gap of about a decade. At the moment, there isn’t enough trades people qualified to take the place of the retiring baby boomers,” claims Frattin, “These youngsters coming through need to realise the opportunities that will be available to them after the completion of their apprenticeships. They will come into an abundance of work and monetary rewards once they are qualified in the engineering industry.”
MIGAS recently opened its doors in Melbourne’s city heart due to the overwhelming demand from employers desperate to fill their skilled labor shortages.
Yvette Machulka, Melbourne Team Leader for MIGAS, is working closely with Agfab to generate interest in the industry. “An engineering skills shortage looms on Melbourne if quality information doesn’t become readily available to students and job seekers,” Yvette says, “MIGAS can provide that information and service to schools, and to those seeking training and qualification, and can provide quality services to businesses requiring the experience of an established Group Training Organisation.”
With 22 years experience specialising in the engineering and manufacturing industries, Melbourne is benefitting from MIGAS opening its doors in Flinders Street, Melbourne City.
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For further information please contact:
07 3868 1815
Melbourne Team Leader
03 8352 9939
MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees
MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees is a leading Group Training Organisation that hosts apprentices, trainees and school-based employees in hundreds of businesses across the entire East coast of Australia. MIGAS specialises in the Manufacturing, Engineering, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning, Electrical, Automotive, and Construction industries, as well as commercial fields including Business Administration, Warehousing, and Retail.
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For further information on MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees, please visit www.migas.com.au or call 1300 4 MIGAS (1300 4 64427).