New apprentice mentoring program welcome support for industry

Ai Group welcomes the announcement by the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Karen Andrews, of the new Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) Program.

“The new support program will help address the long-held concerns of Ai Group and others regarding the enduringly low completion rates of apprentices,” Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said.

“This issue, along with ongoing low commencement rates for apprentices, continues to be a major problem at a time when industry has reported shortages in trades and technicians and it is addressing the challenges of digital transformation.

“Ai Group is pleased to have been contracted to deliver services to apprentices in the manufacturing industry under the Program during 2018/19.

“Ai Group’s Mentors will work across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland providing tailored support to apprentices with the aim of assisting them to address any barriers they face; improve their retention; and increase the likelihood that they will complete their apprenticeship,” Mr Willox said.

Source: Ai Group

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