Opinion by Australian Engineers.
Celebrity renovator, Scott Cam, is under fire for comments he made to a Sky News journalist, around his $350,000 taxpayer funded salary for promoting technical trades and apprenticeships.
When being questioned around whether he has done enough to justify his taxpayer funded engagement, he was very quick to retort “that’s none of your business” referring to the commercial arrangement that he has with the Government.
In a time where technical tradespeople are very few and far between and Australian employers are crying out for the Government to do something to increase the amount of people taking up technical trades, it’s a valid question to ask! What is the Government doing? Simply paying a celebrity to try to boost attendance numbers is not enough. We need a plan; we need a long-term strategy to ensure that we have these skills readily available into the future.
Australian Engineers recognises the important work that technical tradespeople contribute to the economy.
Australian Engineers recognises the important work that technical tradespeople contribute to the economy and we must remember that without them, Australia will stop! Importing skills is simply not an option. Our tradespeople are some of the best trained in the world and we must grow our own skills base and invest in Australian industry to ensure that we futureproof our country.
The Government needs to rethink its position on attracting people to VET and apprenticeships before it is too late, as we are already seeing signs of a major skills shortage. In order for the economy to flourish, we need investment in Australian industry, and we can have Australian Industry without technical tradespeople.
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