The federal government has announced a $20 million initiative to bolster retention levels of electrical apprentices nationwide by fast-tracking training programs.
Minister for skills Chris Evans said the scheme – a partnership between EE-Oz Training Standards and the federal government – will introduce legislation change to electrical apprenticeships, allowing students to complete training by demonstrating required abilities, rather than on a rigid time schedule.
“It means that apprentices who meet competencies earlier benefit by obtaining their formal qualification sooner,” Mr Evans explained.
“These reforms are about recognising that apprentices are no longer just school leavers – many bring valuable skills and experiences to their apprenticeships which should be recognised through competency based progression.”
The scheme will also provide vital apprentice support through the engagement of 50 qualified mentors and advisers who will help students with learning and discipline aspects of their training.
Mr Evans said the mentors will boost retention rates among electrical apprentices by helping students gain a clear and realistic expectation of the technical training program and all that it entails – ensuring individuals don’t feel out of their depth.
“This partnership with EE-Oz is an investment in the future skills of Australian workers, the strength of Australian business and the national economy,” he added.