Appliance service industry celebrates new apprenticeships

Western Australia’s appliance servicing industry recently celebrated an important milestone, with the graduation of its first cohort of locally-trained apprentices. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery congratulated the nine inaugural graduates of the Certificate III in Appliance Service, whose achievements of the first WA trade certificates ever issued for the qualification hold a special significance.

When these graduates embarked on their apprenticeship journey in October 2017m the qualification had only just become available in WA. Having worked closely with industry to establish a trade apprenticeship, the WA Government responded to industry demand by funding Perth-based registered training organisation, Energy Skills Solutions, to develop and deliver it in WA. The qualification, which trains apprentices to set up, service and repair electrical and refrigerated appliances, was previously only delivered on the east coast. As well as breaking down a significant distance barrier to training, the delivery of the apprenticeship in WA is providing the industry with new opportunities to meet the growing demand for skilled workers.

Apprentices Nicholas Chambers, 52, and Peta Tournay, 30, are two graduates who wasted no time enrolling in the training when it became available. Nicholas has worked with the Metropolitan Appliance Service in Myaree for almost a decade, and for him the opportunity to undertake formal training is all about ensuring safe practices and setting benchmarks for the industry. Nicholas transitioned into appliance servicing from another trade at age 43, and now enjoys training others in his workplace and hopes having the formal training available in WA will attract new people to work with him to service this growing industry.

Peta began working at her family’s Bunbury Appliance Service business a few years ago, initially helping out in an office-based role. When a position in the workshop became vacant, Peta – who had worked in other trades – transitioned to the tools, signed up for the Certificate III in Appliance Service qualification, and has never looked back. Getting her appliance service qualification was a positive experience for Peta, who enjoyed working alongside likeminded peers and sharing insights into the various aspects of the job. Peta plans to add more training to her growing list of achievements.

More information about the Certificate III in Appliance Service qualification is available on our course list

“Our Government’s investment in local training opportunities is helping overcome significant barriers to training and securing pathways to rewarding careers.”, says Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. “Having a pipeline of skilled workers is crucial for the success of our local industries and for our State’s continuing economic recovery post COVID-19. Access to highly-trained apprentices will be key in meeting a high demand for workers across a range of occupations and industries.”

Read the full media statement here

Main picture: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, Mr Terry Healy (at left), with graduating apprentices including Nicholas Chambers (second from right) and Peta Tournay (fourth from left).