Better support for Australian Apprentices and Employers

Joint Media Release
  • Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
  • Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships

The Morrison Government is making it easier than ever for employers to recruit, train and retain apprentices.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, today announced the seven providers that have been chosen to deliver the expanded and improved Australian Apprenticeship Support Network services nationally.

“The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network is a key component of the Morrison Government’s investment in vocational education, training and apprenticeships, to support the skills needs of employers and industry,” Minister Cash said.

“We are improving the Support Network to help get even more apprentices enrolled and trained up for rewarding careers and to help meet employers’ skills needs.”

“I welcome the new arrangements that recognise the unique service requirements for the outer regional areas of my home state of Western Australia which will ensure that WA continues to have the skilled workforce it needs to grow and prosper into the future.” 

The Support Network provides personalised advice and support services to employers and apprentices, from pre-commencement of an apprenticeship to completion, including targeted services for individuals who need extra support.

Following a review in 2018, improvements to the Support Network include:

  • Strengthened sign-up processes to better support apprentices in the critical first six months of training
  • An additional incentive for providers to attract new employers to take on apprentices
  • A re-designed Performance Management Framework to ensure improved outcomes and a greater focus on quality and consistency
  • Improved Gateway Services to help employers find the right apprentice for their business.

After a competitive tender process conducted by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, seven successful providers have been chosen to provide services to employers and apprentices across 10 regions, from 1 February 2020. 

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships the Hon Steve Irons MP highlighted the selection of providers in rural and remote areas of the country.

“This will allow more Australians to engage with providers and will deliver on the Morrison Government’s commitment of training an additional 80,000 apprentices over the next five years,” Assistant Minister Irons said.

The successful organisations delivering these services are listed below.

For further information on the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network visit: www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers commencing 1 February 2020

State

Providers

Australian Capital Territory

Sarina Russo Job Access

 

 

New South Wales

MEGT

 

Apprenticeship Support Australia

 

Sarina Russo Job Access

 

VERTO LTD

 

 

Victoria

MEGT

 

MAS National

 

Sarina Russo Job Access

 

Apprenticeship Support Australia

 

 

Queensland

MEGT

 

BUSY At Work

 

MAS National

 

Sarina Russo Job Access

 

 

Torres Strait Islands

BUSY At Work

 

 

South Australia

MEGT

 

MAS National

 

 

Tasmania

MEGT

 

MAS National

 

 

Perth and Surrounds Western Australia

MEGT

 

BUSY At Work

 

Apprenticeship Support Australia

 

 

Outback Western Australia

Apprenticeship Support Australia

 

BUSY At Work

 

 

Northern Territory

Australian Apprenticeships NT


 

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