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Accessing a career in the telecommunications industry

01-May-2014

A program that provides training to disadvantaged job seekers is in the process of preparing hundreds of people for careers in the telecommunications industry.

Vince Godino was in the hospitality business for more than 10 years, working long hours and at the age of 40 decided to make a career change but found he had limited options in other industries. Vince came across the Telecommunication Traineeship managed and run by Australian Industry Group Training Services (AiGTS).  Vince is now employed by AiGTS as a Certificate III Telecommunications Trainee and is on the verge of a new career as a telecommunications technician.

Vince is just one of approximately 300 people from around Australia accessing skilled jobs in the telecommunications industry as a result of a partnership between GTA and AiGTS.

The trainees are being equipped to take up positions as contractors with ISGM, a national contractor to Telstra and have been trained under the Australian Government’s Australian Apprenticeships Access Program, which targets vulnerable job seekers who experience barriers to entering skilled employment with nationally recognised pre-vocational training, support and assistance.

GTA is one of a number of ‘brokers’ to the Access program, who work closely with employers to deliver training and help to find jobs.

“It gives people who may have suffered setbacks a chance to re-start their career,” says Jodie Innes Cassidy, National Access Program Manager at GTA.
“Many have fallen out of the labour market or have faced difficulties which have seen them on the margins.  The Access program is a lifeline that can open up extraordinary opportunities and change lives.”

Like Vince, the contractors that graduate from the Telecommunications Traineeship will essentially become self-employed, setting them up for sustainable careers in one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

Dean Arundell, the General Manager at AiGTS says the program provided the trainees with pre-apprenticeship training, full industry and group training mentoring as well as a good training wage and an accelerated learning opportunity.
“We have been able to achieve outstanding outcomes in areas of skills development, completion rates and eventual opportunities for long term job seekers.

Vince has embraced the opportunity with enthusiasm and while he finds the electronic technology challenging, he is looking forward to graduating as a telecommunication technician.

GTA has been a broker of the Access Program since its inception in 1995. Over 26,000 participants have commenced Access programs through GTA, resulting in around 10,000 apprenticeship/traineeship outcomes (10% of these involving Indigenous Australians).