Following an extensive tender process, successful providers for the new Australian Apprenticeships Support Network (the Apprenticeships Network) were announced on 27 April 2015 by the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham.
Commencing on 1 July 2015, the Apprenticeships Network will make it easier for employers to recruit, train and retain apprentices and trainees with the ultimate aim of improving Australian Apprenticeships completion rates.
The Apprenticeships Network introduces innovative new targeted services which will deliver tailored advice and support to Australian Apprentices and employers who need additional assistance prior to sign-up and training.
The department has been instrumental in supporting the delivery of the Government’s reform agenda in the VET sector. Reforms focus strongly on improving the quality of training providers and their courses, enhancing the contribution that VET makes to the job prospects of students, and lifting the status of VET among families, students and employers, industry and the community.
Consultation with all stakeholders has been a key element of the VET reform process. Feedback has been sought at every step of the way to ensure the reforms take into account the needs and views of all stakeholders.
Comprehensive feedback from stakeholders on VET was gained through national consultations held by the department in early 2015, with the Assistant Minister Birmingham, consulting directly with over 1000 stakeholders on VET reform in sessions held across Australia. Assistant Minister Birmingham has also met with VET students, including apprentices, both on campus and in businesses around the country, to hear first-hand about students’ experiences with the VET system.
The feedback from students, combined with broader consultations on VET reform, is crucial for ensuring that the training system will meet the needs of all stakeholders, particularly Australian students and employers, now and into the future.