• Skilling South Australia

Sparking interest for future trades

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Kingscote Electrical owner Ryan Francis with apprentice Luke Stewart.

Courtesy of The Advertiser.

Support from the South Australian Government through Adelaide Training and Employment Centre to assist Kangaroo Island businesses in hiring apprentices has allowed Kingscote Electrical owner Ryan Francis to employ his first apprentice and grow his family-run business.

The company provides services to both commercial and residential clients on Kangaroo

Island. Mr Francis hired his apprentice, Luke Stewart, in July this year and has already marked the benefits.

“You can get through a lot more work with two,” Mr Francis said. “I was working predominantly for one builder, as well as carrying out general installation and service work. We have since taken on another builder and feel confident we can increase our workload. We have also been approached for some government maintenance work, which is a great opportunity.”

Kingscote Electrical is among hundreds of SA businesses that have hired an apprentice for the first time. As a former apprentice, Mr Francis recognises the value of apprenticeships and traineeships. “You get to mould someone in the shape you want them,” he says. “It’s an investment in the future.”

Mr Stewart, 29, is excited about the employment opportunities that lie ahead. “I’d like to get qualifications in other sub-areas such as data systems and security,” he says. “That might open up further opportunities on things we can do as a business as well.”

For information on hiring apprentices, visit Skilled careers.

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