Nationally there has been a reduction in apprentice and trainee commencements.
Going against this trend, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast continues to see their enrolment numbers increase. Over the last three years, apprenticeship figures have been rising steadily.
TAFE Queensland Executive Director Robert Petherbridge said the growth is due to the variety of flexible study options offered to employers.
"We have experienced sustainable growth for many years now, and this is directly attributed to our tailored delivery options and continued relationship building with our local businesses," said Mr Petherbridge.
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast staff work closely with local employers to find an apprenticeship and traineeship model that works well for them.
Director of the Industry Trade Skills Faculty Rob Jones has been at the forefront of this contemporary approach to training which offers teaching onsite, online, at their Ashmore campus or a combination of the above.
Through the workplace training model, it is now possible for assessment and learning to take place at an employer's place of business, meaning there is no down time or staffing issues.
Over the last two years, 137 new employers have come to TAFE Queensland Gold Coast for apprenticeships and traineeships.
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast currently trains 2197 apprentices and delivers apprenticeship training internationally as well as nationally.
These numbers are expected to increase as more apprentices move to TAFE Queensland Gold Coast from other providers.
The projections for the future show ongoing strong growth in apprenticeships and traineeship numbers which will support local employers and help drive the Gold Coast economy.
Employers wanting to get more information about flexible modes of delivery should contact Rob Jones on 07 5581 8451.
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast will host their annual Ashmore Trade Training Centre Open Day on 4 August, 2017.