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SA TAFE training – ‘Huge win of PIAA’

Wednesday, 05 September 2018
By Patrick Howard

Rob Hansen… has lost count of the number of printing apprentices he’s put through during his 38 years with Hansen Print.

All print courses remain fully funded, prepress is back as an apprenticeship rather than a traineeship and a new standalone qualification for digital print is introduced at TAFE.

This bizarrely named South Australian Industry Priority Qualifications Information, Media and Telecommunications Moderation Meeting gave the printing and packaging TAFE courses a huge boost. The meeting was held on the background of the delivery of the South Australian budget that allocated $202.6 million for apprentices and traineeships. PIAA President, Walter Kuhn, represented the industry in deciding what vocational training courses are funded, and what are not.

His efforts drew appreciation from one South Australian member, Rob Hansen of Hansen Print, who described it as “as a huge win for PIA. Walter Kuhn performed brilliantly,” he said.

Deeply frustrated by the treatment meted out to his new printing machinery apprentice, Nick Lacey, 18, who was hired in January, Hansen believes this decision is the start of a new day. He tells of Lacey’s three attempts to enrol as an apprentice this year, with TAFE and the privatised Print Training Australia even trying to cross the border to the Victorian-based Holmesglen. All said they are unable to deliver the apprenticeship.

Walter Kuhn, president of the PIAA

“It’s been a pain in the neck. I’ve been 38 years in the business, and can’t remember how many apprentices I’ve put through. But I’ve never seen anything like this.

“Training in SA under the previous government was a dog’s breakfast. They flogged off all the equipment for a quick buck. I’m hoping this new Liberal government will be better,” he said.

“Now it seems we’re back on track. The PIAA has had some issues in South Australia and they’ve had to make bold moves, everyone in business has to. But it seems to have paid off,” he said.

According to Kuhn, the successful meeting was about giving clarity and priority to vocational and apprentice training in South Australia. As an employer of apprentices in his own business, he put the focus firmly on print training.

Andrew Macaulay, CEO met this week with the new Minister Michaelia Cash, and is expecting a positive announcement from the Federal Government this week that will further benefit South Australian printers who employ apprentices.

“This is an outcome that PIAA has been striving for over the last year, and we are very pleased to see such a complete and positive commitment from the South Australian Government. Based on continuing PIAA dialogue at Federal Government, we are confident that these plans will be fully funded. A win for the visual communications sector!”

The Association has been in discussions with both the South Australian and Federal Coalition Governments regarding the need for urgent funding for the South Australian apprenticeship and vocational education sectors, especially for print.

Andrew Macaulay, CEO who met this week with the new Minister Michaelia Cash, and is expecting a positive announcement from the Federal Government this week that will further benefit South Australian printers who employ apprentices.

 

One Response to “SA TAFE training – ‘Huge win of PIAA’”

  1. September 05, 2018 at 2:15 pm,

    P. Rinter
    said:

    Who is Macaulay going to talk with when this government is gone?

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