Print apprentices are back on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List, following 12 months of advocacy by PVCA, the Print & Visual Communications Association. Nine print-related qualifications were removed from the AAPL in 2021, leaving the industry without a nationally funded apprenticeship pathway. The full list has been reinstated as of January 2023 following the submission of industry specific data outlining growth across packaging, labels, digital and other print sectors nationally. Data was also gleaned from an Industry Skills Survey circulated by PVCA, which showed that 76% of respondents had at least two job vacancies, and 67% of those had been vacant for at least 11 weeks.
WA advice reflects the national picture, with ageing workforce issues a prominent concern for local industry. FutureNow is currently collecting data to inform the WA State Priority Occupation List and Western Australian workforce development and training policy for 2023.
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