Support for ap­pren­tices

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Perth Airport -

MORE than 5000 ap­pren­tices in the Swan elec­torate are un­der­tak­ing train­ing, but com­ple­tion rates across the na­tion are about 50 per cent.

Swan MHR Steve Irons there­fore wel­comed the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to invest $200 mil­lion an­nu­ally to form a new Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ship Support Net­work to lift ap­pren­tice­ship com­ple­tion rates.

Mr Irons said the Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ship Support Net­work would pro­vide a cen­tral con­tact point for em­ploy­ees, par­tic­u­larly small busi­nesses, look­ing to hire a new ap­pren­tice.

“From July 1, 2015, ap­pren­tices will be as­sisted to find an em­ployer to be­gin their ap­pren­tice­ship and re­ceive men­tor­ing through to the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of their ap­pren­tice­ship, and will be able to ac­cess ca­reer ad­vice with ded­i­cated support out­side their work­place through­out their ap­pren­tice­ship,” he said.

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