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Young workers in the training system

20-Apr-2017 The national and NSW group training networks today urged employers engaging trainees to fully comply with pay and training requirements in the wake of reports of under payment of trainees in NSW.
 
The call was made in a joint statement by Lauren Tiltman, the National Executive Officer of the National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN), and Jason Sultana, the Executive Officer of the Group Training Association of NSW & ACT.
 
It follows a report in the Sydney Morning Herald of a young worker signed to a hospitality traineeship with pay below the national award and training of dubious quality.
 
“Entry level traineeships are a valuable employment pathway for young people and they should not be misused by employers to undercut pay or seek a shortcut to quality training,” the statement said.
 
“Any employers who are not using training contracts in line with the requirements should be held to account.
 
“Training providers issuing statements of attainment and qualifications without adequate delivery of training or assessment should not be tolerated and should be subject to investigation.
 
“It is essential that quality training is at the heart of our apprenticeship and traineeship system. 
 
“The model of group training is an extremely effective one for apprentices, trainees and employers because it is underpinned by national quality standards, and is built around training that is directed to a job – not ‘training for training’s sake’.
 
“The group training network has a proud history of working with apprentices, trainees and employers to build the skills that will create sustainable jobs and careers,” they said.
 
Media Contact: Bob Bowden, Foresight Communications 0412 753 298  bbowden@bowmac.com.au