School-based and Pre–Apprenticeship Support Pilot Project

School-based and Pre–Apprenticeship Support Pilot Project

  • Published on Thursday, April 14, 2016

L – R: Jacqui McKenzie – MEGT Trade Skills Coordinator; Ashley Langdon – MEGT General Manager Operations; David Windridge – MEGT Director/Chief Executive Officer; Senator, the Honourable Scott Ryan, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills; Michael Sukkar MP – Federal Member for Deakin; Barry O’Gorman – Chairman, MEGT Board

Earlier today Senator, the Honourable Scott Ryan, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills attended the MEGT Trade Skills Centre in Ringwood, Victoria, to announce $6.8 million in Commonwealth funding for a new multi-industry school-based and pre-apprenticeship pilot project.

The project will be established through metropolitan and regional group training organisations across Victoria, NSW and Tasmania by the Apprenticeship Employment Network, the peak industry body representing not-for-profit group training companies across Victoria.

Up to 2000 young people will be supported over the next two years – up to 1000 secondary school students and up to 1000 job seekers – as they trial a range of industry career pathways to enable them to make a better-informed choice of which vocation they wish to pursue.

This pilot project will provide a number of benefits including:

  • Increased opportunity for secondary school students to make an informed choice on a vocational pathway before commencing a national qualification/apprenticeship.
  • Additional local support for secondary schools with career advice and assistance for students looking to enter a vocational career pathway.
  • Opportunities for Group Training Organisations, Registered Training Organisations and local secondary schools to build stronger working relationships.
  • An established ongoing curriculum for four new career pathway entry points leading into existing traditional apprentice qualifications.
  • A series of short-term supported work experience placements, enabling regional employers to better select and recruit suitable apprentices.
  • Greater opportunities for regional students and schools to share their experiences between work placements.
  • “The pilot provides an opportunity for individuals to try a number of vocational occupations and also for an employer to find the best possible fit for their business when looking to recruit an apprentice,” said Minister Ryan.

    Chief Executive Officer of MEGT Mr David Windridge said “This pilot project provides an exciting opportunity to engage young Australians in a pathway to pursue their chosen careers. MEGT’s local consultants will be able to provide support throughout this project not just to students, but also to parents, schools and host employers.”

    The project will consist of the following main pathways:

  • Engineering and Automotive
  • Business and Services
  • Building and Construction
  • Land and food
  • For more information regarding the pilot project, access the media release here.