25 September 2023

Apprentice network to face community test

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The public has been invited to have its say on the future of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN).

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews extended the invitation while releasing a discussion paper on the network following a recent evaluation of its model of delivery.

Mrs Andrews said the release of the discussion paper was the start of a process to build on the successes of the AASN model to date.

“For three years now, AASN providers have been supporting Australian Apprentices and employers to succeed in their apprenticeship arrangements,” Mrs Andrews said.

“We’re looking to collect innovative ideas that will further enhance those services.”

She said an evaluation of the AASN model of delivery was completed in February and, while it found the current model was comprehensive and widely supported by stakeholders, it also identified areas for improvement.

Mrs Andrews said the Department of Education and Training would publish a tender later this year for the delivery of Australian Apprenticeships Support Services from mid 2019.

She said the Government was committed to building a high-quality Australian apprenticeships system to better support apprentices and respond to the needs of employers and the economy.

“This means that getting the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network model right is more important than ever,” Mrs Andrews said.

Responses to the discussion paper are required by 31 July.

The 11-page discussion paper can be accessed at this PS News link.

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