Apprentice employers welcome commencement incentives

Australia’s largest network of employers of apprentices and trainees today welcomed the federal government’s $1.2 billion initiative to boost apprentice commencements. The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) said the measure will provide a much needed lift to apprentice and trainee sign-ups at a time when new enrolments have stalled. Under the program, businesses that take…

Apprentice employers call for continued government support to avoid market collapse

Australia’s largest network of employers of apprentices and trainees has called on the federal government to continue wage subsidies to prevent apprentice numbers collapsing once the JobKeeper payment is removed in September. In a detailed policy paper, the National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) has also urged the government to require a minimum 10 per cent…

Prime Minister’s training overhaul provides the opportunity to advance apprenticeships

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) today welcomed the Prime Minister’s plan for redrawing the national skills and training system to better prepare for a post-COVID recovery. The Chief Executive Officer of NAEN Dianne Dayhew said Australia’s training system has performed well, but it’s time to look at how it can be overhauled to deliver…

National register will connect apprentices and trainees with employers to safeguard jobs and careers

Apprentices and trainees from small businesses who recently lost their jobs are now able to connect with prospective employers to explore ongoing work, through a new national service launched today. The Apprentice and Trainee Re-engagement Register will support apprentices and trainees displaced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, by connecting them with a network…