The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee, NSW Minister For Skills & Tertiary Education, conducted a tour of Ampcontrol operations on Thursday 18 July meeting with Apprentices to see firsthand how Vocational Education and Training (VET) is shaping the local workforce in the Hunter for the future.
Ampcontrol currently has 45 students participating in VET based roles including 31 apprentices, 13 trainees and one school based apprentice through the P-Tech Australia partnership program.
Apprentices James Ramsay (school-based), Joshua French (4th Year), James Thorley (1st Year) and Taylah Osmond (1st Year) showed Minister Lee through one of the four Tomago site workshops to talk about some of the projects they are currently working on including the design, manufacture and testing of high voltage transformers.
Following the tour, Dr Geoff Lee MP said, “It was great to meet the enthusiastic apprentices working at Ampcontrol, a fantastic company and exemplar for the Hunter region.”
As a founding partner of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter workforce development programs in the Hunter region, Ampcontrol actively participates and supports industry, education and community collaboration to provide students with pathways to STEM related qualifications and local employment opportunities.
Each year Ampcontrol offers a range of apprenticeships in the areas of engineering, technology, mechanical and manufacturing. The most recent intake attracted a record 830 applications, an increase of 138% on the previous year.
With the State Government announcement on 18 July that NSW has the highest number of new students in Australia enrolling in vocational education and training, the significant number of Ampcontrol Apprenticeship Program 2020 applicants strongly emphasises the growing interest of young people wanting to learn work-place skills and the technical knowledge required for specific industries.
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research report, Government-funded students and courses 2018, showed that NSW is the only state in Australia to see an increase in VET enrolments. NSW is also the only state to increase VET student participation in regional and remote areas.
Commenting on the report, Dr Geoff Lee MP said he is pleased that more people in NSW recognise that VET student participation is a solid pathway towards a meaningful career. “Greater participation in vocational education and training means a more highly skilled workforce,” Mr Lee added.
Minister Lee also met with representatives from Regional Development Australia Hunter and NSW Training Services during his visit to Ampcontrol’s Tomago site.
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