Discussions on apprenticeships continue to dominate much of the vocational education and training issues in the current Federal election campaign.
Red tape, confusion and employer resistance may be some of the factors that are working against greater uptake of apprenticeships, according to a discussion on ABC Radio’s Focus program (Perth) with presenter Jessica Strutt (pictured).
Interviewees include TAFE Directors Australia CEO, Craig Robertson, and Apprenticeship Support Australia Senior Manager, Lena Constantine, in a program that explores the issues facing both apprentices and employers. Topics canvassed included red tape, government incentives, retention and completion rates, and the question of support for employers who take on apprentices.
The apprenticeship and traineeship systems have changed a great deal in recent years. There's a lot more choice for young people wanting to go down this path, but does that mean they're getting value for money and being taught the job-ready skills they need?