Sydney Electricians Support Federal Government’s Announcement
Eleven Media’s canvasing of local electrician contractors has found an overwhelming support for the Federal Government’s budget announcement to create a $1.5 billion skills fund that will deliver another 300,000 apprentices and trainees over the next four years.
Master Electricians Australia has also welcomed the Federal Government’s Budget announcement in their media release on 10th May2017. They noted that the fund has the potential to assist Australian employers fill the relevant skills gaps and strengthen Australia’s workforce.
Malcolm Richards, CEO of Master Electricians Australia said, “Master Electricians support any investment in apprenticeships and training that seeks to address Australia’s skill shortage.”
The announcement has come as a surprise to the industry, however, it is being welcomed given the soon to be expired National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform will be replaced.
Those canvased by Eleven Media said it is encouraging to see the Federal Government putting in place measures to boost Australian apprenticeships and supported Master Electricians call for both the Opposition and the Senate Crossbench to fully support this policy.
As part of the fund, state and territory governments will be required to provide matching funding. The fund also includes $350 million to be allocated as part of the government’s reforms of the 457-visa program.
Industry commentators support the targeting of occupations currently reliant on skilled migration, while also looking to boost apprentice numbers in regional and rural areas.
Master Electricians noted that the amounts available to each state and territory will depend on how much they are willing to contribute to the fund and we urge all state and territory governments to allocate as much funding as possible.
Local Electrician Sydney contractors contacted all said that the these changes need to be finely balanced between assisting young Australians to find work in trades like office cleaning services contractors, while also ensuring Australia can still attract high quality talented workers from around the globe to compliment the existing workforce.