Call to bring on more younger workers

Posted by Design & Construct on 17-Jun-2015 00:30:53

In Construction

With the electrical industry beginning to pick up pace, it will be important that businesses hire the right people moving forward.

As the baby boomer generation starts to retire, the industry should be seeing a steady stream of younger workers step into the spotlight. However, according to data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, this isn't occurring.

Based on their December 2014 quarter statistics, the number of people starting apprenticeships fell 21.9 per cent on the same quarter in 2013.

Based on their December 2014 quarter statistics, the number of people starting apprenticeships fell 21.9 per cent on the same quarter in 2013. 

National Electrical and Communications Association CEO Suresh Manickam explained that there were 192,000 fewer apprenticeships started and 157,100 finished over the course of the last year.

In relation to the electrical industry, he said that this was "a cause for concern and action".

"A key challenge for the electrical contracting sector is the lack of supply of skilled electrical workers which is further exacerbated by the retirement of long term, highly skilled workers," Mr Manickam stated.

"The current trajectory is concerning given the need for more skilled electrical workers given the upswing in residential and infrastructure related construction. Skills shortages can only lead to higher business costs which in turn, get passed on to consumers.

Young workers are the key to preventing further skill shortages.Young workers are the key to preventing further skill shortages.

How to attract younger workers to your business

As the skill shortage situation worsens, it will prove vital for your business to consider hiring graduate employees. While they might not have the experience of their older colleagues, they often have the passion and drive to ensure their career is sustainable and successful.

Here are two tips for employing the next generation:

1) Work with a recruitment firm

Recruitment agencies such as Design & Construct are experienced across the industry and understand where the skill shortages are. As such, we have a wide talent pool for graduate workers who are skilled in various sectors. Our comprehensive testing processes ensure that they suit the company culture and overall expectations.

2) Create a mentor system

For those that have just completed an apprenticeship or degree, it can be difficult to feel comfortable in their first job. We recommenced that businesses set up a mentor system that can help new workers settle in their role and be confidence that their skills are up to standard. This will hopefully mean they won't leave the industry and instead become an asset to your firm.

 

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