The providers of Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) services from 1 February 2020 have been announced by the federal government.
These organisations provide support services for apprentices and apprenticeship providers, such as manufacturing businesses which take on apprentices. These support services include advice, administrative support, payment processing, and targeted services for individuals who need additional support.
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business selected seven providers through a competitive tender process to deliver services, including MEGT, Apprenticeship Support Australia, and MAS National. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, Steve Irons, outlined how these services will support apprentices and employers.
“This will allow more Australians to engage with providers and will deliver on the Morrison Government’s commitment of training an additional 80,000 apprentices over the next five years,” he said.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Michaelia Cash, outlined that the network will address skills shortages and gaps.
“We are improving the Support Network to help get even more apprentices enrolled and trained up for rewarding careers and to help meet employers’ skills needs.”
Following a review of the system, conducted in 2018, sign-up processes, incentives, performance management frameworks, and gateway services were improved
According to a statement from MEGT, the new AASN contracts aim to increase the number and completion rate of apprentices partly through expanding Gateway and In-training Services.