Businesses, apprentices and trainees will now have access to new and innovative support services in Western Australia after it was announced that CoAct (formerly Job Futures) has been successful in securing the contract to deliver Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) services in partnership with The Busy Group.
AASN is a $200 million annual investment to recruit, train and retain apprentices and trainees across more than 440 locations that will commence on 1 July.
Matt Little, CEO CoAct, said that this is great news and that adding a significant new program for CoAct in the skills, trades and apprenticeship sector is a perfect start to the new CoAct journey.
"As we announced in April, our new direction that drives us has broadening our impact as one of our four strategic objectives. Success in this area, combined with the more recent wins on the Green Army bid and Work for the Dole, is helping CoAct to achieve a collaborative diversification across the network."
AASN provides a one-stop-shop service to employers and trainees through more efficient online processes that focus resources away from paperwork and into delivering advice and direct support to apprentices and employers.
"The aim of this new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network is to improve apprenticeship and traineeship completion rates, and our network of members are perfectly placed and ready to start the new service," Matt said.
"Through our services, employers can receive help to start new apprenticeships and navigate the apprenticeships system. In turn, young trainees will be better assisted and more able to complete their training, increasing completion rates and starting their journey into fulfilling careers."
Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said the new targeted pre-commencement services will ensure prospective apprentices and employers have the requisite skills, aptitude and information before signing up and improve completion rates.
"By helping those who need it most to stay on track means more Australians will get to realise the full benefits of an apprenticeship, and the rewarding careers that can come as a result."
Eleven organisations make up the AASN, which will deliver services through more than 440 apprenticeship network provider locations, including in rural and remote areas.
"The successful organisations who will deliver these services all have proven track records in the employment and training market," Senator Birmingham said.