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New apprenticeship support network a step closer

21 October 2014

The Australian Government is delivering the next tranche of reforms to make the skills and training system more job-focussed, today opening tenders for the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said the new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will deliver better support for apprentices with a focus on job outcomes and lifting completion rates, which at the moment are just 50 per cent.

“The new network will provide apprentices with the support they need to complete their training and earn an industry-relevant qualification, and will assist employers, particularly small businesses, looking to take on an apprentice,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Australian Government wants to ensure our nation has the skilled workforce necessary to drive productivity gains and international competiveness across the economy and the new network is part of building a better national training system.

“The network will include job-matching, mentoring of at-risk apprentices, training contract sign-up support and other services.

“The initiative is part of the Government’s broader reforms to the vocational education and training sector which is delivering real industry leadership, less red tape for providers and more targeted and demand driven funding.”

The tender opened today at www.industry.gov.au/AASNTender and will close on 5 December 2014, with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network starting on 1 July 2015.

To underpin the operation of the new network the Government will soon release a second tender for the development of the Australian Apprenticeships Management System which will move administration online and automate many of the current manual processes.

More information on the AAMS tender is now available at www.vetreform.industry.gov.au/news/australian-apprenticeships-update.

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