ASA secures Australian Government contracts to strengthen WA workforce

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Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA) is thrilled to confirm its winning bid for the Australian Government tender to continue to support apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Australia for 2020 – 2022.

The announcement has been made by Senator, the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

ASA’s WA State Manager Ryan Fernie said: “Apprenticeships and traineeships provide real skills to build the future workforce and address skills shortages in traditional industries as well as in emerging industries and jobs of the future.”

“ASA will continue to educate employers, candidates and the broader community on the program and opportunities to participate, advise employers of incentives, and provide mentoring for employers, apprentices and trainees throughout the program.

“Boosting apprenticeships and traineeships will help address WA’s youth unemployment rate, which worsened to 14.0 per cent in October. WA maintains the third-highest rate of youth unemployment in Australia.

“According to the Skillsroad 2018 Youth Census, apprenticeships and traineeships provide the highest rates of wellbeing of any training pathway. Increased levels of wellbeing are attributable to factors such as paid learning on-the-job with a potential long-term employer.

“ASA has achieved industry-leading success with over 1.5 million registered apprenticeships and traineeships since 1998, achieved by providing exceptional service and advice to employers, apprentices and trainees.

“Part of ASA’s success is attributed to understanding apprenticeship and traineeship applicants’ skills in conjunction with employer opportunities to facilitate the perfect match via Skillsroad, an innovative online platform with over 300,000 members nationally.

“With unique access to tools such as Skillsroad and a national footprint, ASA is well-positioned to strengthen the Australian workforce through apprenticeships and traineeships, ensuring businesses take advantage of incentives while seizing the opportunity to shape potential employees,” Mr Fernie said.

For more information on ASA’s apprenticeship and traineeship support services, visit www.apprenticeshipsupport.com.au.

For more information on Skillsroad, visit www.skillsroad.com.au.

About Apprenticeship Support Australia

Apprenticeship Support Australia’s core responsibilities for the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network contracts include connecting suitable apprenticeship and traineeship applicants with suitable employers, advising employers of financial implications and incentives in addition to mentoring and supporting employers, apprentices and trainees throughout the program.

For more information can be found at www.apprenticeshipsupport.com.au.

About the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) replaced Australian Apprenticeships Centres nationally on 1 July 2015. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.

The Australian Government is investing up to $190 million annually in the Apprenticeship Network to make it easier for employers to recruit, train and retain apprentices and better support individuals to succeed in the proven earning and learning pathway apprenticeships provide.

Further information can be found at www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au.

Skillsroad

ASA supports employers with hiring the right apprentice and/or trainee for their business, with access to a job listings board for entry-level opportunities. Career training and advice is also provided for those interested in undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, with featured tools such as the Career Quiz and Job Fit Test. Skillsroad is home to nearly 300,000 young job-seekers, where employers can advertise their roles for free and access personalised candidate reports designed to assist in the recruitment process. The platform was developed by the NSW Business Chamber and is powered by the Australian Chamber Movement.

Further information can be found at www.skillsroad.com.au.

The Skillsroad 2018 Youth Census is the largest national youth study of its kind. Further information on the Census can be found at www.skillsroad.com.au/.

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