• Hundreds of jobs, but where are the workers?
Hundreds of jobs, but where are the workers?
16 Mar, 2018, 9 Comment

Summary: CENTRAL Queensland has been hit hard by a skills shortage brought on by a resurgent mining industry, the boss of a recruitment agency said yesterday.....


CAPRICORNIA Training Company (CTC) general manger Darryl Lapworth said his agency was battling to find qualified people to fill certain positions.


He said the skill shortages a very real issue for the Rockhampton region at the moment.


His comments come as Australian Industry Group Queensland head Shane Rodgers spoke about the problem hadn't been this bad since the height of the mining boom.


An AI Group survey of company bosses in manufacturing, services, construction and mining services revealed 50 per cent expect problems finding and keeping skilled staff this year - up from 42 per cent in 2017


A check of online job site, Seek, yesterday showed 540 positions available in the Rockhampton region.


Many of these were resource sector related.


"We can't get boiler makers, we can't get fitters and we are finding it very hard to find civil workers," Mr Lapworth said.


"There's a really big down turn.



"And this won't go away until apprenticeships and traineeships are starting to get taken up again."


To help getting people skilled, Darryl said more commitment from employers was needed.


"The government need to make it more enticing for employers to take them [apprentices and trainees] on," he said.


"What would be good is for government projects to have a certain number of trainees.


"This would help employers putting apprentices on, putting trainees on and getting young people skilled and keep growing that base."


Darryl said he understood when putting on an apprentice or trainee, the first 6 to 12 months were tougher because they were still learning.


"If they aren't learning the skills on the job, then they may not get through the apprenticeship," he said.


He said a subsidy for the first 12 months should be offered for employers to take on older workers , this way people can re-skill and up-skill and continue learning .


"This will provide a better outcome."

gattonstar.com.au 15/3/2018

Comments.
  • MyPassion

    Anonymous
    16 Mar, 2018

    I am always suspicious about these posts. Maybe they can't find any self-respecting Australian who is prepared to work for the low salaries offered? As always they will use this to motivate employing foreigners, usually from Asia, and then fire them when they have used them. They can always drive taxis and do end-of-lease cleaning because no self-respecting Australian does those jobs either.
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    Anonymous
    16 Mar, 2018

    I find this so hard to believe. I have applied for over 150 positions here in WA in 16 months and I can’t find the job I want. I have 4 trades qualifications (Australian, South African and British). Then there is the problem with labour hire companies. They offer you $35 to $40 p/h to work. I wonder what they then charge companies. It’s bullshit. I’m struggling so hard to get back into the oil and gas sector. I have spent over $5000 on tickets and I still can’t get in. I guess it’s who you know.
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    Louie Taylor
    16 Mar, 2018

    Hello So who do I need to contact so I can send my resume . My contact number is 0401074022. Kind Regards Louie
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    Alan Ratcliff
    16 Mar, 2018

    Then start paying a decent rate with penalties as per the EBA that other companies use... Pay a shit rate and we will never return to Qland...simple!
  • MyPassion

    Anonymous
    16 Mar, 2018

    I am doing my cert 11 electro technology. I found it so hard to get placement for one day a week. I am yr 11 doing school based pre apprenticeship.
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    Paul comley
    16 Mar, 2018

    For too long the employers have been waiting for some one else to train the apprentice up instead of doing the hard yards themselves. At the moment wages have been driven down and no training has been given while profits have sky rocketed. Shame on big businesses.
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    Ray Pavri
    16 Mar, 2018

    I have approached Darryl Lapworth GM of CAPRICORNIA Training Company (CTC) and asked him to respond to the feedback you have provided. regards Ray, WattElectricalNews
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    Anonymous
    16 Mar, 2018

    Great speech Daryl perhaps you could give us some examples how you and your organisation have contributed to the skilled work force, how many apprentices have you directly employed over the last 10 years at great cost. I suspect none, all of these parasitic body hire mobs have done nothing to contribute to the skill pool they just take other peoples costly trained workers and sell them to the highest bidder not unlike street walkers. The join a conga line of the like minded suppressing wages and offering no future to those forced into servitude for their profit . The sooner this parasitic industry is extinguished the better. Once removed real companies that actually build things and have more then a mobile phone and dingy office will start prospering again and employ apprentices Take note mining companies you created this and you can fix it just start using real companies with a commitment to their industry
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    Anonymous
    17 Mar, 2018

    Nearly all jobs in mining are through an employment agency atm. You get a flat rate, no sick pay, no holiday pay and no redundancy at the end of project. Oh and no job to go to! Its crap, used and abused and see ya later. Thanks for making us look good with your awesome skills and completing our project! (Which many don’t) as there is no incentive to stay!
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