Rebalance and Relaunch, the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Taskforce Report
The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Taskforce, chaired by the Victorian Skills Commissioner Mr Neil Coulson, was established to examine opportunities and current barriers to the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria.
The Taskforce comprised of key government, education, industry, business and union representatives and included a consultation process which saw Mr Coulson speak to over 120 individuals, including employers and individual apprentices and trainees.
With looming skills shortages, an ageing workforce, and variability in the quality of Vocation Education and Training graduates, the report draws attention to the priority that needs to be placed on growing the Apprenticeship and Traineeship system.
The report’s recommendations are underpinned by three themes:
- Build a culture of co-investment by supporting employers who invest in apprenticeships and traineeships
- Renew the focus on quality by investing in training and assessment based on industry demand; and
- Elevate the status of apprenticeships and traineeships by promoting the benefits to employers, young people and the broader community.