Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

Introduction of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

Announcement 9 September 2014

The Commonwealth Government will invest $200 million each year to establish a new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network to lift apprenticeship completion rates.

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will give young Australians the best opportunity to get a job and provide employers with the skilled and productive employees they need to grow their business.

Apprentices will be assisted to find an employer to begin their apprenticeship and receive mentoring through to the successful completion of their apprenticeship.

Apprentices will be able to access career advice with dedicated support outside their workplace throughout their apprenticeship.

The new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will also undertake community employment outreach by working with employers, industry groups and local chambers of commerce to identify job opportunities and employer skills needs.

The new Network will provide a one-stop-shop for employers, particularly small business, looking to hire a new apprentice suited to their business.

The Government is answering the call of employers, industry groups and feedback from apprentices to improve the current system which has been in place since the 1990s.

The current system is largely administrative – processing paperwork for contract sign-ups and administrative compliance for employers, state and Commonwealth departments – without the appropriate support that apprentices and employers need.

There is too much red tape, with apprenticeship centres spending more than half their time filling out paperwork. The true success of the VET sector must be measured in how well it connects skilled workers to real jobs, not how much paperwork is completed.

The Government’s new streamlined and effective system will replace the unwieldy and overly bureaucratic system that has become bogged down in red tape.

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will:

  • connect apprentices and employers through targeted job-matching
  • provide advice about different course options and training delivery options
  • deliver personalised mentoring and support to apprentices
  • provide advice to businesses taking on apprentices, including their roles and responsibilities
  • manage the administration of an apprenticeship including the training contract and
  • administer the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program including employer incentives and Trade Support Loans.

Apprenticeship completion rates are currently around 50 per cent. To lift completion rates the Government is delivering the reforms and support apprentices and employers need.

The Government has already introduced new Trade Support Loans offering up to $20,000 over the life of an apprenticeship to encourage more young Australians to start their career with an apprenticeship and complete their qualification.

The new loans are spread over four years and provide greater assistance by easing the financial burden in the early years of an apprenticeship when the apprentice’s income is often lower.

The new Network will commence from 1 July 2015 and will make it much easier for employers to recruit, train and retain apprentices and trainees.

Apprentices and businesses will be able to access the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network’s services at no cost.

 

Download the fact sheet here.

VET reform

Announcement 11 September 2014

 

Government’s second tranche of VET reforms to deliver industry led and job ready skills and training

Industry will have a stronger voice in ensuring Australia’s workforce is skilled, flexible and ready to drive economic growth in the industries of the future, under the Government’s comprehensive reform package for the Vocational Education and Training sector.

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane announced on 11th September 2014 the second tranche of the Government’s overhaul of the VET system at the National VET Conference in Brisbane.

The reforms are the second tranche of improvements to the system to elevate trades to the centre of the economy and focus on ensuring Australian workers are highly skilled and job ready.

Australia’s VET system needs reform. Just one in two apprentices completes their training and just one in three complete their training in the skills area they started.

Employer satisfaction and involvement with the VET system is decreasing and there’s too much churn and waste.

The Government will make changes to the way the regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) operates to cut the excessive red tape for high-performing training providers and let them get on with what it is that they do best – delivering the highest calibre training that meets industry and economy needs.

The best way to ensure training providers deliver high quality training is to let each RTO stand on its reputation – not fill out reams and reams of paperwork and jump through endless hoops.

At the moment training providers are required to constantly seek approval from ASQA before they offer new courses or make changes to the courses they are already delivering.

The result is an excessive amount of red tape and too much time spent filling out forms instead of filling classrooms or workshops.

ASQA should be a regulator, not a book keeper.

The Government will also work with the sector to implement measures to crack down on unscrupulous or misleading behaviour by ‘brokers’ who act as an intermediary between students and training providers, as part of the new standards for RTOs which begin in January.

The Government is taking further measure to ensure the skills and training system reflects the needs of industry.

At the end of the current contract period with the 12 Industry Skills Councils, the Government will move to a more contestable model for the development and maintenance of training packages. Current ISCs are welcome to tender under this new model along with new groups. The Government will consult with the sector to deliver this outcome

Industry must have the freedom to design the type of training they’re after, through both full trades qualifications and through skill sets.

These reforms build on the first round announced earlier this week to introduce the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network and to run two pilot programmes the Training for Employment Scholarships programme and the Youth Employment Pathways programme.

Download the fact sheet here.

Source:
https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-09-08/lifting-apprenticeship-completion-rates-better-support-apprentices-and-small

MEGT (Australia) Ltd trading as MEGT is an Australian Apprenticeships Centre contracted by the Australian government as represented by the Department of Education and Training to provide Australian Apprenticeships Support Services to employers and Australian Apprentices. MEGT is one of a number of Australian Apprenticeships Centres in Australia. This website does not represent the Australian Government. If you wish to access information about Australian Apprenticeships from the Australian government, you should access the website http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program Guidelines and Appendices may be viewed on the Department of Education and Training website. Australian Apprenticeships are an Australian Government initiative.

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