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Crisis in Australian apprenticeships: construction apprenticeships down by almost a third; shortfall of 3,300 mining apprenticeships
An independent analysis commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has revealed a crisis in Australian apprenticeships, with:
- A national shortfall of mining apprenticeships of 3,300
- Construction apprenticeships down by 28 percent since 2010
- The ratio of apprentices to tradespeople in construction at its lowest level since 2003 - 12.4 per cent.
The report found the mining sector would need to increase apprentices by around 37 per cent to match its share of total tradespeople.
There is no excuse for mining industry jobs to be filled with overseas workers on 457 visas, with government figures showing the industry is not suffering skills shortages, the Miners Union said today.
“Anyone can see that job cuts in Queensland mines over the past year have left many skilled, experienced locals looking for work,” said CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth.
“The 457 visa scheme needs to catch up with changed employment conditions and make sure Queenslanders aren’t locked out of jobs in the mining industry.”
An analysis of the first six months of Labour Market Testing in the 457 Visa scheme undertaken by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has found fewer 457 Visa approvals in job categories where employers are required to first test the local labour market.
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