Good TEE Results or Not: Latest Research Shows WA Job Prospects are Good
As young Western Australians await their TEE results, the jobs environment for those who don’t get the marks they want (and even their colleagues who are not seeking university courses) is bright, according to major recent surveys.
The latest research indicates that nearly a third of WA employees plan to increase staff in the year to come, and, nationally, the number of young people involved in apprenticeships or traineeships, has increased by 13 per cent on the previous year.
These positive trends prevail as one of Western Australia’s leading corporate educators takes up her appointment to the Board of MPA Skills - the not-for-profit organisation that runs the State’s biggest plumbing and painting training centre.
Corporate educator and founder of Realisations Consultancy - Genevieve Armson BSc (Hons) MBA (Dist) CSP – has become a Director of MPA Skills - which created the first industry-based skills centre serving the WA Building and Construction Industry.
Ms Armson is an adult education expert and President of the WA Chapter of the National Speakers Association. Her firm Realisations Consultancy has worked with clients such as Curtin University of Technology, Hamersley Iron, the RAC, Royal Perth Hospital, Wray and Associates, and Heytesbury Beef Pty Ltd, in the burgeoning fields of corporate transformation and culture development.
She said that figures from the National Centre for Vocational Research (NCVR) show a 13 per cent increase in people involved in an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia for the year to 30 June 2002.
Separate research by TMP Worldwide – Australia’s biggest recruitment firm – has found that nearly one-third of WA employers plan to increase staff in the next quarter.
Nationally, more than 90 per cent of Australian businesses plan to hire or keep their workforce steady.
In the last quarter, nearly 28 per cent of WA employers said they were most likely to hire more staff – placing WA as the second most employment-positive State in Australia, after Queensland.
“These figures show that even if TEE students do not receive the marks they expected, there is no need for them to feel too despondent, because there is plenty of opportunity for employment,” Ms Armson said. “The prospects are also bright for those young people who chose not to pursue university study, and are now seeking work. I am very excited about taking up this post with MPA Skills in this environment.”
MPA Skills was formed by the Master Painters, Decorators and Signwriters Association and the Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association, nearly 10 years ago. It has multi-million dollar custom-built facilities at Maylands, Bayswater and Bunbury and has helped train more than 15,000 people for careers in the painting, plumbing, metals and engineering industries.
Considered by many to offer the State’s best industry apprenticeship programs, MPA Skills also offers professional recruitment of apprentices and trainees to employers through its Group Training Company.
MPA Skills’ Acting CEO, Cheryl Jahour, congratulated Ms Armson on her appointment as Director.
“Genevieve has been managing director of her company Realisations Consultancy for 10 years,” Ms Jahour said. “She has also had considerable experience in the building and construction industry, having worked with CSR for many years. Her wealth of experience and understanding of our business and staff, will ensure that Genevieve is a valuable contributor to the MPA Skills Board."
Ms Armson said she was very much looking forward to helping MPA Skills to continue to develop high-quality trades professionals for Western Australia.
“This organisation also offers career counseling, with an 80 per cent success rate at finding jobs for unemployed clients,” she said. “They work closely with organisations such as AlintaGas, community groups, schools and universities, plus organisations like the Activ Foundation, the Asbestos Disease Society, the Association for the Blind and local government.”
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