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More than Money: What Will it Take to Turn Good Intentions into Good Jobs

November 8th, 2021|Categories: Media Releases, News Room|

A new collaborative report from PwC, Social Ventures Australia, the Global Apprenticeship Network (Australia) and the Apprentice Employment Network (Victoria) identifies measures that are required to build an apprenticeship system that works in the modern world and remedy Australia’s chronic skills shortages. The What Will It Take report finds that young people in Australia have seen their average incomes decline in real terms from 2008 to 2018. Young people face an increasingly difficult labour market while at the same time, employers are reducing investment into training, signalling a loosening of bond between employer and employee, which can in turn [...]

Research into Digital Skills Literacy in Australia

December 17th, 2020|Categories: News Room|

In an increasingly globalized and digitalized world, information and communication technologies (ICTs) play a key role as societal development enablers. The 2020 ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been underlining – as nothing else before – the vital importance of meaningful connectivity and showing the great potential of technologies in allowing people to continue with their work, education, and social participation despite of movement restrictions in place. Yet a huge part of our population is still not using the internet. One of the main barriers to greater uptake is the lack of skills required to use digital devices, services, and content [...]

Nestlé Launches Video Highlighting the Benefits of a Career in Hospitality

August 28th, 2020|Categories: Case Studies, News Room|

As part of National Skills Week, Nestlé is sharing a fantastic video to inspire and support young people who are considering a career in hospitality as a chef which is a dynamic and very rewarding career. "Through the Nestlé Needs YOUth Program we want to help the next generation to become inspiring leaders, supporting them through virtual career talks, industry insights and helping them navigate specific career paths." Produced in partnership with Explore Careers the video showcases Nestlé's 2019 Golden Chef's Hat Award winners, Giles Gabutina and Alessio Nogarotto who share their inspirational story of how they got started [...]

‘School isn’t focused on that’: Apprentice numbers expected to fall by 30 per cent

June 1st, 2020|Categories: Media Releases, News Room|

Strong signs of business confidence returning as employers commit to 4-year training Apprenticeship vacancies increased 150% to 687 positions nationally in May, after a dramatic decline in April. The biggest proportional increase from April 2020 advertised vacancies is in hospitality, travel and tourism. Vacancies in this field had plummeted by 97% in April to just three available positions nation-wide. As lockdowns lift, businesses in this industry are starting to look to the future again. Advertised vacancies are still almost half of May 2019 vacancies, but the renewed interest in committing to training young people indicates that confidence is returning [...]

Early Signals Show Apprenticeships Falling off a Cliff

April 5th, 2020|Categories: Media Releases|

When unemployment hit 10% we were undeniably in a crisis. It was 1983 and the unemployment rate which had crept up over the preceding decade was at its peak. Businesses had no certainty, given the unpredictable and fluctuating nature of the contracts coming through. Especially small and micro businesses were in no position to commit to full-time contracts, let alone train up new workers over the full duration of an apprenticeship. But without training, the economy faced a devastating double whammy of skills shortages and an unskilled generation that would be condemned to indefinite unemployment. Something had to be done. [...]

$1.27b in Apprenticeship and Training Wage Subsidy Welcomed as Interim Measure

March 17th, 2020|Categories: Media Releases, News Room|

GAN Australia cautions against short term solutions The Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) Australia’s Executive Director, Gary Workman, has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of $1.27b in funding available until 30 September 2020 to small businesses retaining apprentices and trainees. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships Steve Irons made the announcement to leading industry figures at a GAN Australia luncheon on Thursday. “With 50 per cent of apprentice or trainee wages covered by this Government subsidy, small businesses will be better equipped to retain staff and secure their ongoing operation in the short term,” Mr Workman said, “If an [...]

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