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Pierce Engineering says apprentice funding will strenghten training in the region

Published:29 August 2019

Pierce Engineering has used CQUniversity TAFE for its apprentice training for many years.

Pierce Engineering has welcomed the Queensland Government’s free apprenticeship and traineeship initiative, saying it will provide more opportunities for young people to undertake quality training at CQUniversity and enter the construction and engineering industries.

The Queensland Government’s $32 million initiative will cover the training costs of apprentices and trainees under the age of 21.

The promise will mean savings of up to $3000 for businesses who currently fund the courses, and free education for young people who score an apprenticeship or traineeship in 139 occupations suffering skills shortages.

Pierce Engineering Directors Mark and Wayne Pierce said the company had used CQUni TAFE for its apprentice training for many decades.

“We have been fabricators and erectors of structural steel for commercial for 52 years,” they said.

“We have used TAFE and CQUni for the training of all of our apprentices. Currently, we have six full-time apprentices who are being trained by CQUni TAFE and we recently signed on a new school-based apprentice.

“With CQUni TAFE being local, it is easier for the apprentice and our business.”

They said the funding announcement would be of benefit to its apprentices as the apprentices pay their own tuition fees.

One Pierce Engineering boilermaker apprentice Ryan Christensen welcomed the funding announcement as it would take the cost out of their training.

Ryan signed on as an apprentice with Pierce after undertaking work experience at the business. He said the training he was receiving at CQUni TAFE helped him understand the “theoretical side of the job”.


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