16 November 2015 MEDIA RELEASE
The Current Australian Apprenticeship System is Not Working
Australia is currently seeing a decline in the number of apprenticeships commencing combined with the number being completed. If we don’t want to be facing a serious major trade skills decline affecting every industry in the next five years – something needs to be done now.
Two West Australian group training companies, ATC Midwest and ATC Work Smart Albany have created a system to achieve quality outcomes to ensure higher completion rates for all Australian apprentices and trainees.
Dave Clare, General Manager of ATC Midwest and one of the creators of the model, is calling on the government and industries to support this solution. “We believe the biggest factor for non-completion is the lack of a suitable quality outcome model and accountability to such,” said Mr Clare.
“The Australian Government has clearly stated they want more completions for their investment but they haven’t given anyone a road map on how to get there.
“We’ve used our 25 years’ experience in training and recruitment to create this quality outcome model which we know is successful but also can be used as a clear guideline for anyone employing an apprentice” states Peter Adams, General Manager of ATC Work Smart Albany, co-creator of the model.
“Approximately 80% of apprenticeships in Australia are not audited, they aren’t following a clear model and therefore we can’t be guaranteed these employers are doing everything they are meant to be doing for their apprentices.
“The remaining 20% are employed by group training companies who are audited regularly with clear outcomes to commit to.
Mr Clare added “Everyone needs to be working off the same guide to ensure the best outcomes for apprentices, employers and Australia,”
“We want the government to use this model as their guide and to hold to account anyone who is hiring apprentices – whether they do that directly or through a group training company.
Peter Adams, General Manager, ATC Work Smart
Attachments: “Creating a Quality Outcome Training Model to Achieve Better Results for Apprentices in Australia” White Paper
Creating a Quality Outcome Training Model