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FFTI Nimble News 3 Dec 2018

Furniture Trades Employers Survey

A recent FFTITC survey of employers regarding furniture industry apprenticeships suggested, amongst many other things, four common concerns of employers:

  • High cancellations in the first 4 months made the cost of apprenticeships unpredictable.

  • Some employers avoided Group Training Organisations (GTOs) because they preferred to have more direct control of the apprentice in the latter years of the apprenticeship.

  • Small businesses cannot always afford a full time apprentice, but would still like to contribute to skills development in the industry.

  • Small businesses are not always expert in selection and recruitment - contributing to high cancellations.

As a result of these findings, a Group Training Organisation (GTO) has put together a program and flyer to address these concerns. Click here for the flyer, the FFTITC is interested in the ideas contained in it. However, the FFTITC does not recommend any particular GTO and suggests that interested employers explore the ideas in the flyer with the GTO of their choice.


Featured in this issue:

  1. For Pilbara Businesses: Karratha Jobs and Skills centre now open! Supporting WA’s Pilbara community and businesses. Free Advice on your business skills and workforce needs

  2. New WA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy now available – lots of links to Fact Sheets and other information

  3. Federal Government: Expert review of Australia’s vocational education and training system

  4. Department of Jobs and Small Businesses: New Video Get Your Business Growing – online video Advertisement – hire apprentices!

  5. Did you know there was a National Training Complaints Hotline? Phone 13 38 73

  6. Do you have a business idea/product/process that you would like commercialised? If so, there are some services you could access. Accelerating Commercialisation Information Session - Perth 13th December 2018 Presented by Department of Industry, Innovation and Science - Business

  7. For RTOs – ASQA Update Issue 54 November 2018

  8. IBSA November E News

  9. Skills Impact: Review draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for the Skills Impact national Carbon & Agribusiness Management Project. A consultation meeting will take place at 6/800 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park, on Thurs. 6 December at 9:30am

  10. Skills Impact: Review existing qualifications and units of competency for animal technology

  11. New Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST50116) – Delivered by South Metropolitan TAFE

  12. 2019 Regional Leadership Masterclasses: This Masterclass will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the role of power and influence, trust and justice as essential components of contemporary leadership

  13. NCVER No Frills Conference “The student journey: skilling for life” Adelaide 10-12 July 2019 – Call for Presentations

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