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Getting industry advice

Getting industry advice

Every industry and every major sector within an industry will have an association.

Peak level industry associations can be a good way of finding out about standard industry practices in fields such as licencing and regulation, and also hiring, training and managing employees.

Associations can also assist with operational questions about running a business or being represented in advocacy on behalf of a sector.

Evolving industry based qualifications

Every industry is covered by a network of groups that aim to gather industry intelligence that helps focus the creation of industry specific qualifications on actual skill needs in demand by employers.

A key part of this work are Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) which are made up of employers, and other organisations active within an industry, who provide direct insights into the performance and skill needs of an industry sector.

The work of IRCs is supported by Skill Service Organisations (SSOs) which help articulate this information into competencies and qualifications. SSOs also publish industry based research and information.

This structure aims to align industry needs with qualifications, including those delivered as Australian Apprenticeships. This helps ensure that apprentices and trainees are training in skills that provide employers with productive staff.

Employers can become involved in IRCs related to their industry or a specific industry sector. This provides employers with a way of directly affecting how future apprentices and trainees are trained.

Read more on Skills Service Organisations and how you might get involved

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Employer involvement in pre-apprenticeships provides a positive impact on participants while also benefiting the employer.

Pre-apprenticeships achieve good outcomes particularly when employers are involved, for example by providing some workplace experience or by providing insights into how job interviews work. This keeps the focus of pre-apprenticeships on realistically preparing for employment.

Employer participation can also establish them as an 'employer of choice' in their local labour market. Interacting with participants may also provide a useful way of screening future applications for apprenticeship and traineeship positions.  

Employers can use the Pre-apprenticeship Finder to locate existing local options or contact TAFEs or GTOs directly to see if they are actively delivering pre-apprenticeships.

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and Traineeships can start with part-time employment of students while they are at school. The full Australian Apprenticeship may extend beyond a student's school career and turn in to 'open' full or part time employment. 

Becoming involved in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships can be a good way for employers to raise awareness of the employment options they may provide in their local labour market.

An employer contacting a careers adviser or Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at a local school may open up conversations and options that generally increase understanding in the minds of students, schools and parents of the value of apprenticeships and traineeship career pathways.