Report shows impact of COVID-19 on apprenticeships

Report shows impact of COVID-19 on apprenticeships
The Business NSW report has found the overall decline in new apprenticeships combined with the cancellation of 20 per cent of existing apprenticeships “will be catastrophic for the availability of skills in the future” after federal government subsidies stop on September 30.

Read more here: https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/54-000-fewer-apprenticeships-to-start-this-year-threatening-longer-term-skills-shortages-20200707-p559ry.html

Apprenticeship decline prediction dire for skill shortages

Apprenticeship decline prediction dire for skill shortages

Business NSW, which represents more than 25,000 businesses, will on Thursday release a report which shows the impact of COVID-19 on skills training will be worse than previously expected.   Up to 40 per cent of apprentices could lose their jobs by the end of this year without an economic recovery and an extension of employer subsidies, including JobKeeper payments.
Read more here:  https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/54-000-fewer-apprenticeships-to-start-this-year-threatening-longer-term-skills-shortages-20200707-p559ry.html

Economic uncertainty affecting apprentice jobs

‘It’s clear that this time it is not business as usual ... The jobs that are created coming out of the Covid-19 crisis will not be the same as the jobs that were lost.’ Photograph: Tempura/Getty Images

The number of new apprenticeships and traineeships is expected to decline by 30% within two years, according to research from the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University. That equates to about 130,000 fewer new apprentices and trainees between the start of the pandemic and mid-2023. The number of currently enrolled apprentices and trainees is also tipped to go down.

Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/07/we-will-lose-a-generation-why-australia-must-fix-apprentice-and-job-training-post-covid

Australia could learn from Germany in reforming its VET sector

Australia could learn from Germany in reforming its VET sector

The poorly designed and funded vocational education sector that has evolved in Australia over the past 20 years has left it as the Cinderella of education. As the Prime Minister continues his challenge of reforming the Australian federation, vocational education is an excellent place to start.
Read more here:  https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6778032/what-germany-can-teach-australia-about-building-a-world-class-vocational-education-system/?cs=12

Apprentices out of work due to pandemic

Apprentices out of work due to pandemic
In a crisis as less experienced members of the workforce, apprentices often are the first to go, and if past history is a guide, the last to be re-hired. According to WPC Group general manager Andrew Sezonov, the number of apprentices let go recently are at levels he has never seen in his 24 years in this industry.”

Falling apprentice numbers concerning for industry

Falling apprentice numbers concerning for industry
Falling apprentice numbers concerning for industry

Despite the government’s relief package with its 50 percent contribution some small business employers can not afford to retain an apprentice in this current crisis. The $1500 a fortnight JobKeeper payment has not yet kicked in for many employers since most had not yet hit the trigger point of a 30 percent fall in turnover.