The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) welcomes the Victorian Governments establishment of a new agency, Apprenticeships Victoria (AV).
AV, which launched yesterday, is designed to support Victorian job seekers kick start their careers by linking them to Apprenticeships and traineeships.
“It’s a great initiative by the Victorian Government that will oversee the delivery of most aspects of apprenticeships, provide a point of contact for all apprentices and overall remove barriers for those looking to start an apprenticeship in Victoria,” Dr Peta Skujins, AATIS Director said.
In a statement released yesterday, the Victorian Government said:
A walk-in AV hub will open mid-2021 in the CBD with dedicated staff to help foster the next generation of highly skilled workers.
The $33 million Big Build Apprenticeships will provide 1,500 opportunities to Victorian apprentices and trainees each year for four years to kickstart their careers on some of the state’s largest projects, including the new Footscray Hospital, North East Link and Warrnambool Learning and Library Hub.
At least 10% of the construction hours on these projects will be completed by apprentices and trainees, strengthening pathways from the classroom to the workforce and supporting employers by increasing the pool of highly skilled workers in Victoria.
“This agency provides an incredible opportunity for job seekers across Victoria, and for the future of industry.
“This is the first agency of it's type in Australia and we are optimistic about the impact it will have on apprenticeships and the building industry.
“We hope to work with AV and continue to support apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities for all Australians,” Dr Peta Skujins.