Changes Coming to Australian Apprenticeships from 1 July


Posted on 21/05/24 in

Starting from 1 July 2024, the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations is partnering with Australian Apprenticeship Service Delivery Providers (Providers) to offer enhanced support to better assist apprentices and their employers throughout the apprenticeship journey, from its inception to successful completion.

What's Changing from 1 July 2024?
The upcoming changes aim to improve the apprenticeship experience for both apprentices and employers, ensuring they receive adequate support to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

Tailored Support for Apprentices and Employers
Beginning July 1, targeted support will be available for those in need, from the pre-sign-up stage until the conclusion of the apprenticeship. This includes strengthened mentoring services for:
  • Women in male-dominated trades
  • First Nations Australian Apprentices
  • Australian Apprentices with disabilities
  • Australian Apprentices located in remote areas
  • Other apprentices at risk of not completing their apprenticeship
  • Employers Requiring Support

These mentoring services will encompass:
  • For Apprentices:
    • Pastoral care and additional support for those with complex needs
    • Career guidance and advice
    • Peer support networks
  • For Employers:
    • Support to understand their roles and responsibilities in the workplace
    • Assistance in implementing strategies for effective supervision and management of their apprentice
    • Connection to training and support services
Providers will collaborate with apprentices and employers before sign-up to set up the apprenticeship for success. This involves identifying an apprentice's needs early, including language, literacy, numeracy, and digital skills assessments. Providers will also assess employers' readiness to take on an apprentice.

Specialist Providers
Starting July 1, 2024, some Providers will specialise in assisting to specific apprentice groups, such as:
  • Women in male-dominated trades
  • First Nations Australian apprentices
  • Australian apprentices working towards clean energy jobs
  • Apprentices under these categories can receive specialised support throughout their apprenticeship.

Provider Changes
From 1 July 2024, some Providers (formerly known as Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers (AASNs)) will cease delivering services, while others will continue. The exciting development is that Apprenticeship Support Australia will establish a National Presence.

What do you need to do?
Simply continue your regular activities: go to work, attend training, and for employers, support your apprentice as usual. If you need any assistance feel free to reach out to us.

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