Many tradies can change direction and move into other careers that utilise their skills; like becoming a Trainer.
PEER CEO Peter Nolan says when it comes to our trainers, the biggest hurdle they need to overcome is making the change and knowing what steps to take to make that happen.
“Many tradies can change direction and move into other careers that utilise their skills. I have had a lot of conversations with people over the years who are interested in becoming trainers with PEER but they simply don’t know how to make the transition – because let’s face it, it’s a big change,” says Peter.
PEER offers all prospective trainers the opportunity to come onsite for a day, to experience what its trainers do to help them decide if it is something they want to pursue.
Once they make the decision, we ensure they are fully supported to succeed. This involves a development plan of up to six-months that encompasses training – including a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, role shadowing and mentoring. Once they are competent and confident in training and assessing, they are able to work as a full time trainer. We also support them to maintain their trade skills by giving them time off to work in their trade and by paying for their licenses.
Tradies want to make a career change for a whole bunch of reasons, but usually there is a genuine interest in training the next generation of tradespeople. We often get people who are great communicators with a caring and approachable nature, which makes them great Trainers and mentors to our young apprentices.