Industry welcomes launch of Victorian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Taskforce Report: relaunch and rebalance
Efforts to strengthen Victorian apprenticeships and traineeships received a boost last week with the launch of the Victorian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Taskforce report by the Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney, and Victorian Skills Commissioner, Neil Coulson
The report focuses on the changing needs of apprentices and trainees in Victoria and explores what can be done to ensure industry is getting the skilled workforce it needs.
As a member of the Victorian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Taskforce, the Victorian Chamber keenly contributed to the report which focuses on three key themes: supporting employers who invest in apprenticeships and traineeships, renewing the focus on training quality and elevating the status of apprenticeships and traineeships
The report makes a number of recommendations on the best ways to achieve these objectives. They include:
The report also recommends strengthening Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority resourcing to enable existing apprenticeship and traineeship pathways to be reviewed. Pathways not used or valued by industry would be removed from the Funded Course List.
In an effort to address non-completions, the report recommends implementing a ‘second chance’ program to follow up on 3rd and 4th year apprentices who drop out of their training arrangement.
The report calls for a public campaign to promote messages around the long term value of trade occupations. Part of this will include partnerships with industry consortia to raise employer awareness of the business benefits of engaging apprentices and trainees.
While the report does not include a recommendation to strengthen employer incentives to take on apprentices, the Victorian Chamber will continue to advocate for the reintroduction of payroll tax exemptions for eligible new trainees and apprentices, as currently exists in NSW, QLD, TAS and WA.
The Victorian Chamber looks forward to working with the Victorian Skills Commissioner to progress the Taskforce recommendations and ensure we have stronger apprenticeship and traineeship pathways to work and further learning.
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