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$18 million for apprentices

HUNDREDS of new industry based mentors and advisers will provide support to more than 12,000 Australian apprentices over the next year under the Australian Apprenticeship Mentoring Package announced today by Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills.

Mentoring and Adviser projects will be driven by the needs of industry and target all occupations in emerging or demonstrated skills need.

Senator Evans made the announcement at University of Canberra Senior Secondary College with one of the first successful applicants, Master Builders Australia.

Minister Evans was also joined by Australian Apprenticeship Ambassador and former Canterbury Captain, Andrew Ryan, and Matthew Cuthbert, ACT Apprentice of the Year 2011.

The Gillard Government will invest $18 million in the first allocation of the mentor and advisers program. Under the initiative, industry will work directly with students, parents, job-seekers and schools to give them tailored advice on the best training choice for the individual and one-on-one support throughout their apprenticeship.

"This new approach is centred on the needs of industry and puts them at the heart of the apprentice system," Senator Evans said.

"Completion rates for Australian Apprenticeships are currently around 50 per cent which is far too low.

"This support and advice will help increase retention rates, particularly in the crucial first year of training, and address the critical skills needs of the economy," Senator Evans said.

"Lifting apprenticeship completion rates not only gives individuals the training they need to get higher skilled, higher paying jobs, but it is crucial for our economy.

"Skills Australia has estimated that in the five years to 2015, Australia will need an additional 2.1 million people in the workforce with higher VET qualifications.

"A failure to address this shortfall will leave the economy short of the skills it needs to grow."

Hundreds of new industry based mentors and advisers will provide support to more than 12,000 Australian apprentices over the next year under the Australian Apprenticeship Mentoring Package announced today by Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills.

Mentoring and Adviser projects will be driven by the needs of industry and target all occupations in emerging or demonstrated skills need.

Senator Evans made the announcement at University of Canberra Senior Secondary College with one of the first successful applicants, Master Builders Australia.

Minister Evans was also joined by Australian Apprenticeship Ambassador and former Canterbury Captain, Andrew Ryan, and Matthew Cuthbert, ACT Apprentice of the Year 2011.

The Gillard Government will invest $18 million in the first allocation of the mentor and advisers program. Under the initiative, industry will work directly with students, parents, job-seekers and schools to give them tailored advice on the best training choice for the individual and one-on-one support throughout their apprenticeship.

"This new approach is centred on the needs of industry and puts them at the heart of the apprentice system," Senator Evans said.

"Completion rates for Australian Apprenticeships are currently around 50 per cent which is far too low.

"This support and advice will help increase retention rates, particularly in the crucial first year of training, and address the critical skills needs of the economy," Senator Evans said.

"Lifting apprenticeship completion rates not only gives individuals the training they need to get higher skilled, higher paying jobs, but it is crucial for our economy.

"Skills Australia has estimated that in the five years to 2015, Australia will need an additional 2.1 million people in the workforce with higher VET qualifications.

"A failure to address this shortfall will leave the economy short of the skills it needs to grow."

Topics:  apprenticeships, chris evans, grants, industry, julia gillard, support


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