Ap­pren­tices to get $60m

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

An in­dus­try-spe­cialised men­tor­ing ser­vice to sup­port ap­pren­tice bet­ter in the early stages of their train­ing has been es­tab­lished as part of the Fed­eral Bud­get.

An amount of $60 mil­lion will be pro­vided over two years from 2017-19 to es­tab­lish the ser­vice in a move de­signed to im­prove ap­pren­tice­ship com­ple­tion rates and sup­port the sup­ply of skilled work­ers to in­dus­tries go­ing through struc­tural change.

The men­tor­ing ser­vice is in­tended to com­ple­ment ex­ist­ing in-train­ing sup­port re­sources avail­able un­der the Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Net­work pro­gram and sup­port Aus­tralia’s 45,000 ap­pren­tices and trainees.

Du­rack MHR Melissa Price said the ser­vice fund­ing recog­nised the im­por­tance of vo­ca­tional education and ap­pren­tice­ships in re­gional ar­eas. “This re­form pro­vides new op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple in Du­rack to take up ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships, pre-ap­pren­tice­ships and higher level ap­pren­tice­ships in oc­cu­pa­tions of high de­mand or with fu­ture growth po­ten­tial,” she said.

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