Combating the Skills Shortage

The end of each school year is an exciting time for those vying for a trade, with most companies offering the opportunity for our young ones to kick start a great future.

The current skills shortage that has rocked the trades industry is impacting businesses nationwide. The government has been slow to react to what all of us in the Hunter could see was coming. Luckily, a number of our local companies who are dedicated to strengthening our industry and supporting our local communities have increased their apprentice intakes or widened the scope.

The MRS Services Group Muswellbrook is one of these companies and are proud to announce the engagement of seven apprentices into the business for 2019.

“The new apprentices have been engaged respectively as either Boilermaker, Plant Mechanic, Auto Electrician, Heavy Vehicle Mechanic or Light Vehicle Mechanic. Recognising a shortage of trades in the industry as well as a direct need for the business, MRS undertook an apprentice recruitment campaign in October 2018,” Jonathon McTaggart, Chief Operating Officer told us.

“After a very competitive process our apprentices commenced employment on February 4. MRS is proud to have facilitated the largest group engagement of apprentices for 2019 in the Hunter Valley and we look forward to training, nurturing and producing quality trades people for MRS Services Group,” Jonathon said.

MRS are also pleased to announce the engagement into the business of two trainees for 2019. Gracie Meissner and Tayla Allbon will be undertaking training and studying towards completion of a Certificate III in Business Administration. Gracie is employed within the Resource Centre whilst Tayla is employed in a hybrid role predominantly immersed in the Accounts Payable team.

We salute MRS and all the other businesses who are ensuring our industry will remain strong for generations to come.