The South Australia State Government’s Training and Skills Commission has announced a pilot for a new dual-trade for prospective electrical refrigeration technicians, enabling participant's to complete both electrical and refrigeration/air conditioning qualifications concurrently.
The South Australia Government is acting on industry feedback to introduce this new dual trade pathway, which has been developed in consultation with the SA/NT chapter of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), and addresses demand broader skill sets in this specialised industry.
“For some time now the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector has reported a shortage of electrical refrigeration technicians who are fully skilled and licensed in both the electrical and refrigeration trades." Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said.
“Despite both qualifications being in demand, until now the only way to resolve this issue was by people completing two apprenticeships – a pathway that can take up to eight years.
“Through concurrent delivery of the training, it is intended that the dual trade qualification can be achieved in just five years, making the new apprenticeship attractive to both employees and employers.”
The pilot project will be established during the first stage of implementation, with a small number of apprentices commencing in early 2021.
If successful, the new pathway opens opportunity for further development of dual-trades within South Australia.
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