TORGAS Apprentices are cutting edge!July 11th, 2012
TORGAS is always looking for ways to give TORGAS apprentices and trainees an employment edge.
TORGAS CEO, George Peever is very passionate about giving apprentices and trainees a chance to increase their qualifications and be better prepared to enter the workforce, “We know we recruit the best but we want to retain them throughout their apprenticeship so that the apprentice completes the Certificate III in his or her chosen trade.” George said.
On Thursday 21 June, 22 2nd to 4th year apprentices commenced a Certificate IV Project Management course with Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE. ‘We already have such strong feedback that TORGAS apprentices are top quality, and now there is even more reason to believe this!’ said George Peever, TORGAS CEO. The course is fully funded by TORGAS and will see TORGAS apprentices finish their apprenticeship with two qualifications- Certificate III in their chosen trade as well as the highly prized Certificate IV in Project Management.
The Project Management course is a highly regarded qualification by many industries including the resources, engineering and construction industries.
Job advertisement for skilled and qualified trades people are increasingly keen to recruit people with project management skills. Hence, in providing Certificate IV in Project Management free of charge to TORGAS apprentices it will both motivate them to stay and complete their trade as well as giving them the edge over other job applicants for a full-time, well paid position when they graduate. The apprentices understand the benefits of completing their apprenticeship with two qualifications and are excited by this prospect.
TORGAS gives trainees and apprentices important career guidance and the opportunity to earn while they learn. Under the TORGAS wing, you are placed with a highly regarded host business while you gain valuable practical on-the-job and technical off-the-job training.
TORGAS is constantly creating opportunities to give TORGAS apprentices and trainees an advantage in their chosen career. Together with Energy Skills Queensland, TORGAS is currently running a pre-apprenticeship course that upon completion will give applicants the edge with a Certificate II in Electrotechnology. The course includes 12 weeks of training and 4 weeks of work placement giving the applicants on and off the job training. Twelve applications are all currently undergoing the placement part of the course.
TORGAS has also appointed a Schools Project Officer who attends High Schools in the region educating school leavers about apprenticeships and traineeships. “We want our future leaders to be aware of all the apprenticeships and traineeships that are available to them. They have a choice when they leave school and our Schools Project Officer together with the TORGAS Recruitment Team is giving them the information they need to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship with TORGAS” said Mr Peever.
TORGAS will be holding free information sessions for businesses on Wednesday 1st of August and Tuesday 7th August at the TORGAS Office. If any businesses would like more information on hosting an apprentice or trainee, then they should definitely come along. Phone 4759 0000 to book in a spot as seats are limited.