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News Media Releases New Data: Key trades training down in WA
New Data: Key trades training down in WA
Friday, 01 March 2013 11:56
Media Statement     6 March 2012
New Data: Key trades training down in WA
UnionsWA commented on today’s release by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) of data that shows that in the key trades training areas of automotive, engineering and construction WA now has 2,200 fewer apprentices in-training than four years ago.  .
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary UnionsWA said:
“According to recent data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research, compared with when the Barnett Government came to office in 2008 we now have 2,200 fewer people in training for automotive, engineering and construction jobs.
“The message by unions to employers and governments that more need to be done to train and employ young people for skilled jobs has been vindicated by these statistics.
“While overall the numbers of people in low-skilled and short training course has risen, we’re going backwards in meeting the high skill needs of industry and future job security.
“With all machinery and vehicles that need to be maintained as well as construction work going on in WA you’d expect more training in these critical areas.
“In these economically critical skilled trades in the automotive and engineering fields the proportion of the workforce in trade apprenticeships has fallen from 18.3% in 2008 to 12.7% in 2012 and in construction from 23.7% to 19.8%.
“If employers and governments don’t take on apprentices to build highly skilled workforce we will forever be at the mercy of lazy employers who just want to give such jobs to temporary migrant labour.”
WA:  In-training as at the end of each quarter by selected training characteristics, Sept 2008–12 ('000)
Sept. 2008 Sept. 2009 Sept. 2010 Sept. 2011 Sept. 2012
Technicians and trades workers 23.4 22.0 21.9 22.4 24.0
32 - Automotive and engineering 8.6 7.6 6.9 7.3 7.8
33 - Construction trades workers 5.2 4.6 4.5 4.1 3.8
Proportion of total workforce in-training
September 2008 to 2012, WA
Sept. 2008 Sept. 2009 Sept. 2010 Sept. 2011 Sept. 2012
Technicians and trades workers 13.5% 13.4% 12.8% 13.5% 12.5%
32 - Automotive and engineering 18.3% 15.1% 13.9% 14.6% 12.7%
33 - Construction trades workers 23.7% 21.7% 18.8% 17.9% 19.8%
Sources:
Australian vocational education and training statistics: apprentices and trainees 2012 - September quarter, National Centre for Vocational Education Research http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2604.html. Note: figures included here are sourced from spread sheets found under ‘Data’; ‘State and territory data tables’ (you may have to register – it is free); ‘WA’ tab; ‘Table 9 WA:  In-training as at the end of each quarter by selected training characteristics, 2007–12 ('000)’
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, Nov 2012, http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/PrimaryMainFeatures/6291.0.55.003?OpenDocument
Note: Figures for training rates apply the standard measure of number in-training (see above) as a proportion of total workforce (ABS).  Total workforce figures are available under: ‘Downloads’;
datacube ‘E08_aug96 - Employed Persons by Sex, Occupation, State, Status in Employment, August 1996 onwards’; Click on SRD to open the ‘Supertable’ file.
Meredith Hammat is available for comment.
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au

UnionsWA commented on today’s release by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) of data that shows that in the key trades training areas of automotive, engineering and construction WA now has 2,200 fewer apprentices in-training than four years ago.  


Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary UnionsWA said:


“According to recent data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research, compared with when the Barnett Government came to office in 2008 we now have 2,200 fewer people in training for automotive, engineering and construction jobs.
“The message by unions to employers and governments that more need to be done to train and employ young people for skilled jobs has been vindicated by these statistics.


“While overall the numbers of people in low-skilled and short training course has risen, we’re going backwards in meeting the high skill needs of industry and future job security.  


“With all machinery and vehicles that need to be maintained as well as construction work going on in WA you’d expect more training in these critical areas.  


“In these economically critical skilled trades in the automotive and engineering fields the proportion of the workforce in trade apprenticeships has fallen from 18.3% in 2008 to 12.7% in 2012 and in construction from 23.7% to 19.8%.


“If employers and governments don’t take on apprentices to build highly skilled workforce we will forever be at the mercy of lazy employers who just want to give such jobs to temporary migrant labour.” 


 Sept. 2008 Sept. 2009 Sept. 2010 Sept. 2011 Sept. 2012Technicians and trades workers 23.4 22.0 21.9 22.4 24.032 - Automotive and engineering 8.6 7.6 6.9 7.3 7.833 - Construction trades workers 5.2 4.6 4.5 4.1 3.8

WA:  In-training as at the end of each quarter by selected training characteristics, Sept 2008–12 ('000) 
Sept 2008 Sept 2009 Sept 2010 Sept 2011 Sept 2012
Technicians and trades workers 23.4 22.0 21.9 22.4 24.032
32 - Automotive and engineering 8.6 7.6 6.9 7.3 7.833
33 - Construction trades workers 5.2 4.6 4.5 4.1 3.8


 

 

 

Proportion of total workforce in-training September 2008 to 2012, WA

Sept 2008 Sept 2009 Sept 2010 Sept 2011 Sept 2012
Technicians and trades workers 13.5% 13.4% 12.8% 13.5% 12.5%
32 - Automotive and engineering 18.3% 15.1% 13.9% 14.6% 12.7%
33 - Construction trades workers 23.7% 21.7% 18.8% 17.9% 19.8%

 

Sources:

Australian vocational education and training statistics: apprentices and trainees 2012 - September quarter, National Centre for Vocational Education Research http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2604.html.  
Note: figures included here are sourced from spread sheets found under ‘Data’; ‘State and territory data tables’ (you may have to register – it is free); ‘WA’ tab; ‘Table 9 WA:  In-training as at the end of each quarter by selected training characteristics, 2007–12 ('000)’

Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, Nov 2012, http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/PrimaryMainFeatures/6291.0.55.003?OpenDocumentNote: Figures for training rates apply the standard measure of number in-training (see above) as a proportion of total workforce (ABS).  Total workforce figures are available under: ‘Downloads’;datacube ‘E08_aug96 - Employed Persons by Sex, Occupation, State, Status in Employment, August 1996 onwards’; Click on SRD to open the ‘Supertable’ file.  

Meredith Hammat is available for comment.

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