Apprentices to get $60m
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.