Support for apprentices


Context
On 1 January 2015, the Government abolished a number of skills and training programs which included the Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Programme.

Position
Both the Federal Government and State Government must continue to provide employer incentives to encourage employers to engage with and invest in apprenticeships. The Mentor/Advisor Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) was designed by the automotive industry for the automotive industry and its success has led to significantly improved retention rates for first year Victorian apprentices. Encouraging employers to engage and invest in apprenticeships has become ever more vital in the current climate where apprenticeship commencements are falling. The abolition of mentoring programs like MAAP will lead to declining retention rates which had improved as a result of the program. In addition, mentoring is vital to address the growing number of apprentices disengaging and falling victim to self-harm or suicidal tendencies.

Recommendations

  • Governments must find ways to provide financial assistance to employers so that they can continue to hire apprentices.

18 June 2015