How Australia is preparing its post-Covid economy by investing in apprentices

How Australia is preparing its post-Covid economy by investing in apprentices

Australia has put in place a number of measures to help apprentices and trainees continue their training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lesson from the last recession is that a full economic recovery will need business to also play a part by investing in skill development.

Skill shortage warnings as apprenticeship commencements fall to 1990s levels

Skill shortage warnings as apprenticeship commencements fall to 1990s levels

According to National Australian Apprenticeship Association (NAAA) figures, the number of new apprentices fell 20% from March to June, meaning about 12,000 people were either stood down, suspended or cancelled their apprenticeships amid the coronavirus crisis. The NAAA figures show Australia is approaching the lowest level of apprentice commencements since the late-1990s.

TAS user choice funding round open

TAS user choice funding round open

Registered training organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding through the latest round of the Tasmanian Government’s Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice), with applications now open. The fund provides subsidies through grants to significantly reduce the cost of providing quality training and assessment for nationally recognised qualifications.

Short courses to fix skills shortages in efforts to rebuild the economy

Short courses to fix skills shortages in efforts to rebuild the economy

PwC Australia will on Monday release a report which recommends a tighter partnership between industry and government to address future skills needs with “micro-credentials”. These are shorter courses, as opposed to a full qualification that provide specific skills a business needs.
Read more here:  https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/australia-should-take-the-short-course-to-rebuild-report-20200822-p55ocj.html