The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a boost to Australian apprenticeship positions.
The scheme, announced on 5 October, includes an investment of $1.2 billion to employ 100,000 new apprentices and trainees and is part of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.
Tony Weber, chief executive of the FCAI said the automotive industry, which employs over 65,000 people in Australia, supports the Government’s initiative.
“In the automotive industry, training is particularly important given the advent of highly sophisticated emerging technologies, such as the electrification of fleets and connected and autonomous vehicles. So, it is critical our technicians are highly qualified to ensure the safety of themselves and their customers,” said Weber.
“In addition, attracting, developing, mentoring, and retaining new talent through robust entry-level programs is a huge factor in ensuring industry and business thrives and prospers. Apprenticeships and training allowing specific learning outcomes is a key factor for the automotive industry’s commitment to Australia.”
Weber also pointed out that automotive networks include more than 4,000 dealerships in rural and urban regions across Australia, and the dealerships provide important developmental opportunities in several career paths for young people within their local communities.
“Automotive manufacturers themselves also provide further learning and training opportunities by providing trainee and intern positions within their Australian operations. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic implications, the commitment of Federal Government funds to support an extra 100,000 apprenticeship positions is a welcome boost to industry,” concluded Weber.