Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Training reforms get the green light from apprentices

    19/05/2008 12:00 AM

    A new survey shows that there has been a significant rise in apprentice satisfaction after the State Government shortened several key trade courses.


    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today released data from the 2007 TAFEWA Student Satisfaction Survey.


    “Building and construction apprentices are extremely happy with how quickly they can finish their course, with the satisfaction level jumping from 63 .6 per cent in 2006 to 82.8 per cent in 2007,” Mr McGowan said.


    “The satisfaction level of metals and mining apprentices grew to 71.8 per cent in 2007, an increase of nearly 12 per cent on the year before.


    “The majority of automotive apprentices are also very happy, with 71.5 per cent satisfied in 2007, compared with 65 per cent in 2006.”


    The Minister said the figures were proof the State Government’s introduction of reduced terms in a range of apprenticeships was having a positive impact.


    “Shortened apprenticeships help people to qualify when they are competent in their trade rather than waiting a certain period of time,” he said.


    “Ultimately, this helps improve the flow of skilled workers into industries where they are desperately needed such as building, automotive and mining.


    “Shortened apprenticeship terms were introduced industry by industry over the past two years.


    “The survey results also show an overall increase in student satisfaction with training being provided by TAFEWA colleges.


    “Overall TAFEWA student satisfaction levels increased over the past five years, with 87 per cent of students either satisfied or very satisfied with their course in 2007, up from 83 per cent in 2002.


    “The survey results are very encouraging and a great endorsement of the quality of trades and vocational training provided at TAFEWA colleges.”


    The Department of Education and Training conducts the annual student satisfaction survey to monitor the quality of services provided by TAFEWA colleges and gain a better understanding of students’ needs.


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