Australia: Earn while you learn, says Australia and takes strong committed steps in the commencement of Apprenticeship Support Network. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said that the new Apprenticeship Network was the biggest reform to apprenticeship support in more than two decades. The Australian Government is investing up to $200 million annually in the Apprenticeship Network, which will help to recruit, train and retain more than 300,000 apprentices and trainees a year in more than 420 locations nationwide.
Real skills for real jobs is the tag line of this Apprenticeship program. People interested in taking up Apprenticeship as well as their employers, both will benefit with the start of Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.
Apprenticeships are proven earning and learning pathways, and provide Australia’s workforce with the skills needed to grow the economy and make it more competitive and productive.The Apprenticeship Network aims to strengthen the vocational education and training (VET) module by improving the quality of skills training of apprenticeships.
Apprenticeship Network providers will cater to the individual needs of employers and apprentices, from pre-commencement to completion, including:
- new pre-commencement services that will match the right apprentice with the right apprenticeship and the right employer;
- new in-training assistance, including mentoring and guidance to work through obstacles, and
- new assistance for those who may be unsuited to an apprenticeship to identify an alternative pathway.
The Apprenticeship Network is part of the Australian Government’s significant reform of apprenticeship support, which includes Trade Support Loans of up to $20,000 each to help apprentices with the costs of living and tools while undertaking an apprenticeship, and providing financial incentives to around 80,000 employers of apprentices each year.