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Group training network calls for apprenticeships to be given a national bipartisan focus

17-Mar-2017

Australia’s group training network today welcomed the chance to participate in the National Skills Summit and called for a national and bipartisan approach to funding of apprenticeships and traineeships.
 
The National Executive Officer of the National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN), Ms Lauren Tiltman said the summit provided the opportunity to focus on ways of encouraging skills development through apprenticeships and traineeships.
 
“It has underscored the need to commit to increasing apprentice employment as part of a new national partnership agreement between the Commonwealth, states and territories,” Ms Tiltman said.
 
“This very discussion about the need to lift apprenticeships is the same one that spurred the formation of the group training industry some 30 years ago, and it is as relevant today as it was then.
 
“It is particularly important that all major political parties recognise and act on the need to lift apprenticeships and traineeships, particularly at a time when we are aiming to improve productivity, be more innovative and entrepreneurial, as well as assist those facing disadvantage.
 
“The group training network remains robust and capable of mobilising quickly to address the apprenticeship crisis in partnership with employers, apprentices, jobseekers and government,” Ms Tiltman said. 
 
NAEN is the largest network employer of apprentices and trainees, with some 25,000 in work around Australia, while it represents around 100 group training organisations nationally.
 
“It is extremely disappointing that the latest statistics show apprentice commencements and completions at historic lows.
 
“NAEN welcomes the Opposition’s focus through the National Skills Summit and looks forward to contributing to ongoing efforts to bring the issue to wider public attention,” Ms Tiltman said.
 

Media Contact: Bob Bowden, Foresight Communications 0412 753 298  bbowden@bowmac.com.au 
 
The National Apprentice Employment Network is the national peak body representing the network of over 100 Group Training Organisations (GTOs) employing apprentices and trainees throughout Australia. www.naen.com.au