Commitment to key priority groups

Apprenticeship Support Australia is dedicated to meeting the needs of key priority groups by increasing the awareness and uptake of Australian apprenticeships and traineeships.

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network and the Australian Government is committed to supporting these groups and offers a range of financial incentives to organisations that provide opportunities to these priority groups.

The key priority groups are:

Indigenous Australians              

Apprenticeship Support Australia is committed to working with, and supporting Indigenous Australians within our community.

We have links with Indigenous employment agencies, various Aboriginal Corporations and councils and regularly participate in Indigenous jobs fairs.

We have also developed an Indigenous Employment Strategy (IES). The purpose of the strategy is to increase the employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians within our organisation.

People with a disability

People with a disability can bring a range of skills, abilities and qualifications to the workplace. Many businesses already employ workers with a disability because it makes good business sense.
  • Employers often report greater reliability from their disabled employees and a reduced rates of absenteeism
  • Employing people with a disability can build staff morale, raise management awareness of workplace practices and conditions, and
We work closely with disability agencies and provide information on the incentives available through Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS).

Mature aged workers

Mature-aged workers are the most underutilised workforce within Australia today. With our ageing population and skills shortages right across the country, mature-aged workers often have the maturity and experience to help you to grow your business and look after your customers.

The average age of the workforce will increase dramatically as the population ages, with the proportion of the population aged over 65 set to rise from its current 12% to 25% by 2050. Remember that a blend of age, skills and talents makes for a more rounded workforce.

We work with Job Services Australia (JSA) and other specialist agencies to aid mature-aged workers in finding meaningful work and career options.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships

Under the Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASBA) program, individuals can undertake nationally recognised vocational training qualifications under a part-time arraignment while studying, usually during years 11 and 12.

This program is a great way for businesses to link with local schools to access quality talent. The student still completes their senior schooling qualification but also kick-starts their career and gains real world work experience on a part-time basis with their employer.   

The investment in skilled young employees may also bring a number of financial incentives to businesses and students.

Skills Needs Occupations

The National Skills Needs List identifies traditional trades that are identified as experiencing a national skills shortage.

The list is based on detailed Australian Government labour market research and analysis.

Under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, an Australian Apprentice undertaking a Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List may be eligible to attract a range of incentives for employers as well as apprentices and trainees.

National Skills Needs List