Joseph Plumb, a plumber apprentice who is about to start a new job as a barber, is in a tough spot after a string of job losses.
“I am a bit worried because it’s a really good position, it’s been there for a while and it’s got a good reputation,” he said.
The 34-year-old, who is from India, has been working for the barber’s apprenticeship for almost three years, and he is not only on a good pay package but he has access to the best equipment in the industry.
Plumb said he was surprised when the barbers started to lose jobs and said the industry has been losing a lot of jobs.
“There are so many people working in the profession, they don’t have any experience and we have to get them to go to the job centre and train,” he told the ABC.
Plumber apprentice salaries ‘in the red’ The industry has seen a sharp fall in apprenticeship rates in recent years, with the number of apprenticeships falling by more than 50 per cent between 2009 and 2015.
It is a trend that has seen many apprentices get out of the profession and go into full-time work.
This has meant the number in the workforce has fallen from 7.4 per cent in 2009 to 3.7 per cent last year.
Plumpen, who runs a local hair salon in the north-west of the state, has seen some of his apprenticeships lose their jobs and has noticed a “red tide” of people going into the business, as some are now on a low-pay deal.
“We had five apprenticeships last year and two of them have been cut because of a lack of pay,” he explained.
“The last one had to go because there was a cut in the apprenticeship fee and we lost the job because of that.”
I know it’s tough on some people, but it’s our job to look after them.
“Plumb’s barber apprenticeship pays $11 an hour.
Plumpy’s hair salon, which has a staff of 30, has had two of its apprentices leave due to a lack in pay and some of its other staff have been told to “go and find work”.
“They are looking for a cheaper way to earn a living.” “
A lot of people in the bar is going out of business and the bar has to look for another job,” he added.
“They are looking for a cheaper way to earn a living.”
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