Radio industry youth boost

Tait Radio Communications remains dedicated to founder Sir Angus Tait’s passion for education and is ensuring students with a passion for radio communication have the support they need to succeed.

Brett Smythe, Tait’s Managing Director, says, “With significant growth in the Asia Pacific Region we need apprenticeship programmes to ensure that we can attract and retain and nurture top technical expertise.”

Tait’s latest apprentice, Ryan McCabe, graduated with honours earlier this year with a Certificate III in Electro Technology Communications. Tait’s Brisbane Office now begins the recruitment process for a new apprentice, to ensure the strength of the engineering work force continues.

Brett Smythe adds “It is our responsibility to ensure that the future of the radio communications industry is fostered in a sustainable manner. It is essential that when our experts move on, their expertise is not lost but shared and passed on to the next generation.”

In addition to the apprentice role, Tait has also started a global training initiative. The Global Technical Development Programme is an extension of Tait’s former New Zealand-based Technician Development Programme, but now trainees have been recruited across the four Tait regional offices.

Group HR manager Wendy Lush says, “The programme represented a real investment in training across the entire company.”

Tait’s initial plan was to recruit one trainee per region, but such was the calibre of applicants for the Asia Pacific role, two roles were appointed for the two-year programme. The two new trainees, Ryan McCabe and Ashwin Dinkar, will mean that Tait’s engineering expertise will continue to prosper long into the future.

At the end of August, Ryan and Ashwin will commence their two-year training programme that will see them learn everything from Tait product support to the more advanced network systems engineering. Ashwin, like Ryan, has had previous education and graduated 2009 with a Bachelor of Engineering.

The Tait Global Technical Development Programme will begin with a three month initial training programme in Tait’s Global Head Office inChristchurch, after which they will then return to their regional base inBrisbaneto complete two years of on-the-job training.

Brett Smythe adds, “The importance of a clear focus on training through the Global Technical Development Programme has been designed to assist with Tait’s Global growth, while also ensuring the technical expertise is developed in the Regions where it is closer to our customers.”

The TDP involves an on-the-job training programme that allowed trainees to gain the practical experience and skills they need to develop their technical competence.

Tait will recruit for another to join the Global Technical Development Programme in 2011.