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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 [...]

GAN Australia Celebrates the Achievements of Apprentices and Employer Initiatives at Annual Gala Dinner

December 9th, 2019|Categories: Media Releases, News Room|

On Friday 6 December, the winners of the 2019 Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) and Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) Australia Awards were announced during a gala dinner at Parliament House with over 180 guests in attendance. The 13 awards recognise the successes of apprentices, trainees and employers across the state including two inaugural GAN Australia awards - the National Youth Initiative Award and International Apprentice Scholarship. GAN Australia National Youth Intitiative Award The GAN Australia National Youth Initiative Award was given to The Adecco Group for their 'CEO for One Month' program. The Adecco Group’s “CEO for One Month” initiative [...]

GAN Australia launches its 2019 Policy Paper with key recommendations for Government to support outcome-focused vocational education and training

November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Media Releases, News Room|

Time to Get on With the Job: Australia's Leading Apprenticeship Network Reveals Pathways for Action After years of evidence gathering and reviews, GAN Australia’s Executive Director, Gary Workman says, “It is time for Australia to get on with the job.” “As the Federal Government invests over $525m into vocational education and training through the Skills Package, it is vital that our five recommendations are included in pathways of action, linking funding to sustainable, skilled employment outcomes for Australians and the economy.” GAN Australia’s recommendations will be submitted to the Government’s National Skills Commission co-design process, which closes for submissions 22 November 2019. [...]

GAN Australia Heads to Indonesia to Share Australia’s VET Experience to Help Build the Groundwork for Apprenticeship Program There

October 8th, 2019|Categories: Media Releases, News Room|

A robust talent pipeline insures against skills shortage 8 October 2019 –The Global Apprenticeship Network Australia (GAN)’s Executive Director, Gary Workman, is in Indonesia where he will speak at the 1st Indonesia Vocational Education & Training Summit (IVETS 2019) on Thursday.  With a focus on lessons learnt in Australia, Mr Workman’s speech is titled ‘Accelerating the Acquisition of Skills and Capabilities of All Segments of the Workforce to Build a Robust Talent Pipeline’.  The event is for key Indonesian industry players including policy makers, stakeholders and VET professionals to discuss and plan the future of Indonesia’s TVET.  The event is [...]

Apprenticeships Vacancy Rates are High As Businesses Prepare for 2020

October 8th, 2019|Categories: Media Releases, News Room|

GAN Launches it’s Apprenticeship Vacancy Index 8 October 2019 - The Global Apprenticeship Network Australia (GAN) today launched it’s Apprenticeship Vacancy Index (AVI), which will be updated throughout the year.  GAN’s AVI is designed to show overall job vacancies at a glance and allow users to drill down to specific numbers nationally and state by state as well as by job sector.  GAN plans to use the index to increase awareness around apprenticeships in Australia. Gary Workman, GAN Australia’s Executive Director said, “We asked business leaders at our first steering committee meeting last month why they think fewer youth are [...]

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