NORTH Coast Group Training (NCGT) has welcomed the release of an independent report into the future of the Australian Apprenticeships Scheme.
NCGT regional manager Mark Sweet said the key recommendations contained in the report were steps in the right direction.
“The report’s focus on three key areas – monitoring and support for apprentices and trainees; shared responsibility for the success of the system; and implementing best practice system to raise Australia’s relatively low completion rates – was a sensible way forward to ensure Australia had the apprentices and trainees it would need to meet looming skills shortages as economies continued to recover,” Mr Sweet said.
He said the Hunter Valley Training Company – which was the parent company of NCGT – had a completion rate of 85 per cent for apprentices.
“North Coast Group Training’s success came from a dual focus on its apprentices and trainees as well as its host employers, attracting a range of host employers, selecting and training the right apprentices for their business and working with those employers to ensure they offer meaningful and productive employment opportunities.
“This business model was an important part of the solution for reform of the apprenticeships system.”