Prospective employers across the trade sector are being invited to Tec-NQ’s Open Day to help address the National Skills Shortage.
The Federal Government’s National Skills Needs List identifies 65 trades experiencing a national skills shortage. As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), independent senior secondary school and accredited boarding school, Tec-NQ also partners with industry to deliver trade-based career opportunities for students across North Queensland.
The Open Day will provide an opportunity for prospective employers to connect with Industry Liaison Officers about offering students work placements. Head of Client Services and Industry Liaison Team, Joanne Hoskins says it’s important for employers to support work experience.
“Work experience provides a vital link between young people and the world of work and ensures students gain realistic experience and expectations from employers. With the current skills shortage it is critical employers continue to train and pass their knowledge on to the up-and-coming generation.”
With a new Pathway to Health program for Year 11 students beginning in 2023, Tec-NQ’s Industry Liaison Team are especially keen to establish relationships with potential employers in the region’s health sector. Students choosing the health program will be set on a pathway to entry level health roles with a Certificate II and III in Health Support Services.
Employers taking on an Australian Apprentice undertaking Certificate III or IV qualifications may be eligible to attract Government incentives such as Support for Adult Australian Apprentices, Rural and Regional Skills Shortage Incentives and Trade Support Loans.
The Tec-NQ Open Day aims to celebrate the trade industry and Chief Executive Officer Julie Hyde says after a couple of years off due to the pandemic there will be something on offer for the whole family.
“There will be hands on, try-a-trade activities for all ages. Kids can rev up a big diesel motor, teens can wire a circuit board and everyone can test their welding skills on the augmented reality simulator.
“Aside from the fun aspect of the day, we also want to showcase our new education pathways into health and hospitality and our newly opened boarding facilities catering to students from rural and remote communities to further their trade careers,” Julie adds.
The Open Day runs from 10am – 2pm on Saturday 20th August at their Douglas Campus. Tours and information sessions at the new Health facilities on Bowen Road are also available by pre-registration on the Tec-NQ website.