Support for apprentices crucial but lacking
IN today's tough economic times, where jobs are increasingly hard to come by, it's an alarming statistic that around 50 per cent of apprentices are cancelling their apprenticeships within the first two years.
Much has been said in the media lately of low pay rates being a major reason for high drop-out rates among apprentices.
While this may be one contributing factor, Master Builders believes that the perceived lack of a strong support system may also be having a negative impact.
For this reason, Master Builders has developed the Construction Apprenticeship Mentoring Scheme (CAMS), a Federally funded initiative supported by the Commonwealth Government through the Apprenticeship Mentoring Scheme.
Apprentices who are seeking extra support get assigned a mentor who provides one-on-one guidance over a year, with the option to continue if it is felt necessary.
Mentors assist the apprentices by helping them develop career goals, offering help in developing networks and referring them to relevant support services where needed.
They also aid in identifying pathways and opportunities for apprentices once their training contract is complete.
The CAMS has so far attracted 20 skilled mentors from varied backgrounds including existing builders and contractors, retired builders, trade teachers and other industry leaders.
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Another way Master Builders is supporting apprentices is through our Housing & Construction Awards program.
A category for Apprentice of the Year gives our young people the opportunity to gain recognition among their peers in the industry, as well as providing them with the encouragement to complete their apprenticeships.
Early bird entries for the Housing & Construction Awards close on March 28, with all other entries due by April 19.
It is essential that we support and encourage our young building and construction workers throughout their apprenticeships to help them gain the skills to equip them for future careers in the industry.