Recruitment: More ag jobs added to Australian apprenticeship priority list

Beef Central, 27/01/2023

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THE Federal Government has approved more assistance for apprentices and employers to address skills and labour shortages.

The push for more agricultural jobs to be recognised as apprenticeships was made this week on the back of the Federal Government expanding the Australian Apprenticeship Priority List. Wool classer, senior piggery stockperson, horse trainer and vet nurse are some of the new ag-related jobs on the list to receive extra financial support.

The number of occupations covered by the Australian Apprenticeship Priority List has been expanded from 77 to 111, as part of the Australian Apprenticeship Incentive System.

This will increase the number of occupations eligible for additional support, including up to $5000 in direct payments to apprentices, and a wage subsidy of up to $15,000 for employers.

Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor, said widespread skill shortages posed one of the greatest economic challenges in decades.

“Wherever you look, there are skills gaps, with the latest analysis showing 47 percent of trade and technician occupations are in shortage, up from 42pc in 2021,” Minister O’Connor said.

Providing targeted support to increase the uptake and completion of apprenticeships in critical sectors was essential to plugging the skills gaps faced, he said.

“Apprentice completion rates have been steadily declining over the past decade and we must arrest that decline to provide meaningful career pathways and jobs where industry needs them.”

Of all the apprentices and trainees that commenced training in 2017, latest available figures showed just 55.7pc reached completion.

“Targeting areas with current and emerging skills demand will ensure apprentices have secure employment for years to come and ultimately fill urgently needed skills vacancies,” Minister O’Connor said.

The updated Priority List (click here to access Australian Apprenticeships Priority List ) is based on independent analysis from Jobs and Skills Australia, through the annual release of the Skills Priority List.

Agriculture-related jobs now appearing on the list include:

  • Agricultural and Agritech Technician
  • Butcher or Smallgoods Maker
  • Farrier, horse trainer
  • Meat inspector
  • Shearer
  • Piggery stockperson
  • Irrigation technical and trade workers
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Wool classer









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