Eye to the future: GT Automotive Service apprentice Peter Kiss, being shown the ropes by trained mechanic Robert Tomasella, has gone against the trend by taking on an apprenticeship.
Eye to the future: GT Automotive Service apprentice Peter Kiss, being shown the ropes by trained mechanic Robert Tomasella, has gone against the trend by taking on an apprenticeship. Cathy Adams

Young shun low-paying traineeships

SOME short-term pain will pay off in the long run, according to apprentice motor mechanic Peter Kiss.

The 21-year-old is in the third year of an apprenticeship at GT Automotive Service at Lismore.

Although Mr Kiss doesn’t earn much money at the moment, he knows all that will change once he is fully qualified.

“There are pretty good opportunities once you get qualified,” he said.

However, according to the Hunter Valley Training Company, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find young people to take up apprenticeships and traineeships.

The Lismore branch of the company in recent weeks has had 15 apprenticeships and traineeships up for grabs.

But there are not enough suitable applicants, according to the company’s regional manager, Mark Sweet.

Mr Sweet said what was on offer was not just a job, but a career.

Marketing manager Mal Kearney said people pulling beers in pubs earned more money than an apprentice.

“There is a front-end sacrifice,” he said.

“But in five to seven years they will see great advances in their pay.”

Apprentices and trainees are employed by the company and work in job placements.

The company is currently looking for a first-year chef, a first-year electrician and a second-year butcher.

To apply for one of these positions, and to find out about otheropportunities, visit www.ncgt.com.au



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