New study shows group training organisations achieving superior completion rates for apprentices and trainees

Australia’s network of group training organisations (GTOs) are achieving “substantially higher” completion rates of apprentices and trainees than direct employers in small and medium sized businesses, according to a landmark study released today. The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) welcomed the research findings from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, which show the group…

National Apprentice Employment Network welcomes expert panel to steer vocational training reform

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) has welcomed the appointment of the expert panel that will oversee the vital next stage of reform to Australia’s system of vocational education and training (VET). The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator Michaelia Cash has announced that Mr Steven Joyce, the architect of the government’s…

Apprentice employment network welcomes Labor’s appointment of key shadow ministers

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) has welcomed the appointment of new shadow ministers who will lead the Labor Opposition over the coming term of parliament. The National Executive Officer of NAEN, Dianne Dayhew congratulated the Shadow Minister for Education and Training Tanya Plibersek on her reappointment to the senior frontbench position. “The apprentice employment…

NAEN welcomes skills and training ministers in Morrison government

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) has welcomed the appointment of ministers who will oversee the key skills and training responsibilities under the re-elected Morrison government. The National Executive Officer of NAEN, Dianne Dayhew congratulated Mr Dan Tehan on his reappointment as Minister for Education, and Senator Michaelia Cash on her appointment as the new…

Labor’s ‘Women in the Trades’ plan will promote gender equality and boost apprenticeships

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) today welcomed federal Labor’s promise to roll out a program that will encourage more women to start a career in the trades. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten promised that a future Labor government would provide $12 million to Group Training Organisations to assist in attracting and retaining women in non-traditional…

ABC fact check on Bill Shorten’s apprenticeship claim

Labor leader Bill Shorten says the number of apprenticeships has slumped since the Coalition took office. Is he correct? “‘Apprenticeships’ as shorthand for apprenticeships and traineeships: Associate Professor Shah told Fact Check that using “apprenticeships” could be problematic. “There is some confusion and mixture and blurring of lines between traineeships and apprenticeships in some occupations,”…

Apprentice employment network welcomes Coalition promise to extend apprentice wage subsidy

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) today welcomed the federal Coalition’s promise to extend the apprentice wage subsidy trial to another 1600 apprenticeships. Prime Minister Scott Morison and the Minister for Skills and Vocational Education Senator Michaelia Cash announced that, if re-elected, the government will double the program, adding another $60m in funding which will…