Apprentice sparkies eager for job start
EIGHT electrical apprentices are hoping the New Year will bring them work in the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture region after a quiet time in the construction industry.
"We have eight apprentice electricians ranging from first-year to fourth-year available for immediate start - four based in Maroochydore and four in Caboolture," John Lyon, Maroochydore Apprentice Coordinator for Acclaim Apprentices and Trainees Limited, said.
"If we cannot find suitable host employers, the worst-case scenario facing these young people is the possibility of being placed on stand down.
"Locally, the building industry for most of 2013 was the quietest in my 12 years here as far as apprenticeships go for electricians and carpenters. Carpentry has been picking up into the New Year and we are now wanting the same for electricians."
He said the industry lull came despite the work generated by the recently completed private hospital and ongoing public hospital developments at Kawana.
Acclaim general manager Darren Carlson said being a host employer through a not-for-profit training organisation such as Acclaim was the way to go for employers, no matter what size their business.
"While hosting an apprentice through us full-time is the ideal, there are options for hosting on a part-time basis," he said.
"Apart from the selection process we also handle the training contract and training plan, arrange a training provider and provide monitoring support through the period of the traineeship or apprenticeship. We also look after pay, leave, superannuation and other administrative requirements.
"There is also peace of mind to host employers because if a situation ever arises where they cannot continue to host the apprentice or trainee, Acclaim will negotiate a release.
"The host employer can always feel proud of having given a young person a start and they can then go on and complete the program with another host.
"One option that may suit many smaller businesses is to take on an apprentice or trainee part-time if a full-time appointment is not viable."