Last week, Federal Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor, together with Ged Kearney, Member for Cooper, attended Fredon’s Fairfield office in Victoria to speak with our team about training and developing the future leaders of our industry.
Meeting with Fredon’s apprentices, both Brendan and Ged had an open discussion about fostering completion rates of apprenticeships through to qualified trades people who will become the future leaders of our industry.
A key focus was the support of apprentices and the encouragement of Fredon’s strategies to address the ongoing challenges in our sector – from attracting and retaining women to promoting workplace inclusivity.
One of the apprentices Brendan and Ged met with was Georgia, a first-year electrical apprentice from Melbourne who has been working with Fredon for four months at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The Minister discussed Government support for women once they’ve entered a trade, along with assisting careers advisors to direct more women in to non-traditional trades.
Georgia spoke about why she chose to pursue an apprenticeship in the video below.
The Fredon team were also proud to provide a demonstration of our Testing Boards, which are used to train and educate our apprentices.