ADA Australia's Apprenticeship Development Day

May 10, 2022

Matthew Simons

ADA Australia’s Apprenticeship Development Days for 2022, being conducted at ETU Victoria’s Centre For U, are now well underway.

These training days – which are designed to equip younger workers entering industry with broader understandings of the behaviours, attitudes, and obligations attached to their roles – are provided to ETU apprentices, many at different stages in their electrical trades training.

ADA Australia has a broader vision to one day provide training of this type to all apprentices across all Australian trades. Our wish is that all younger workers have the skills, awareness and understanding to withstand the pressures they will encounter – at work and after hours – to successfully complete their apprenticeship training and to have long and successful careers in their industry of choice.

Unfortunately, many trades see a high drop-out rate of apprentices abandoning their training. While the reasons are varied, this is not only a costly loss to business and the Australian industry sector more broadly, it is also a loss of opportunity to the young people concerned.

Adapting to the expectations of work, particularly in the trades, can be tough. But equipping younger workers to deal with the pressures they will face – the physical and mental strain, the pressure of workplace relationships and the after-hours pressures (managing finance, personal concerns, even managing ‘partying’ and wellbeing around alcohol and drugs) – can assist them to be work-ready, motivated and resilient.

One part of the solution is in being prepared through education and training, and being self-aware and alert to negative practices, behaviours and thinking. Our training is to encourage these younger workers to strive to be ‘the best they can be’, and of living well, and being well. And of reaching for help when help is needed.

An ADA Australia training program for your young apprentices can be a first step to getting ‘the culture’ right, particularly around relationships, around looking after mental health and getting their personal protective practices around alcohol and drugs right.

If you’d like to learn more about this program, or any of the other training programs we offer, please call ADA Australia on 1300 378 429 or email:

Additionally, If this information raised any concerns for you, please do speak to your GP, they can help you back to good health, or call a helpline: LIFELINE 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636.

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Matthew Simons