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…

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…