School-based and Pre–Apprenticeship Support Pilot Project
- Published on Thursday 14 April, 2016
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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:
“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:
For more information regarding the pilot project, access the media release here.