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Apprentices and skilled workers in strong demand

Apprentices and skilled workers in strong demand

Engineers and apprentices are well positioned for employment opportunities.

Recent figures have revealed that mining, construction and white collar professions are in high demand, with conditions particularly favourable for apprenticeships and tertiary educated Australians.

According to a News Limited report, the federal government’s Aussie Jobs report shows over the next five years, one in every ten jobs created will be in the mining industry – with the sector expected to generate approximately 103,700 positions during that time.

Commenting on the latest data, AMP chief economist Shane Oliver said the results contradict the widespread belief that mining is slowing.

“The level of activity in the sector is still very high. The peak in optimism about mining employment and mining generally was 2011,” Mr Oliver told the media outlet.

And with increased demand for skilled workers, the majority of new jobs are set to go to qualified workers who are university-educated or completing apprenticeships.

Federal employment minister Bill Shorten reiterated this sentiment, saying that more employers are seeking out formally qualified workers.

“That is precisely why the Gillard government is investing billions in skilling our workforce and encouraging lifelong learning.”

The latest job data comes after the federal government announced last month that it is expanding its multimillion-dollar Kickstart Initiative to include engineering trades.

Employers who take on apprentices in one of nine engineering fields will receive a bigger monetary incentive in a bid to grow Australia’s skilled workforce.

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