A Review of the Apprenticeship and Traineeship System
3 August 2016
Apprenticeships and traineeships are important to the NSW Government in supporting the continued growth of the economy. The Government aims to use this growth to build a lasting legacy of a highly skilled workforce.
It is time to re-think how the apprenticeship and traineeship system operates in NSW to ensure its suitability for industry and the community. This Review will examine whether change is needed to improve the level of completion of apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.
This is an opportunity to consider whether the provisions of the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 are meeting the requirements of industry and are aligned with the Government's efforts to secure the future NSW workforce and grow the economy.
The Government has committed to working with industry to ensure that by 2019 some 65 per cent of apprentices and trainees complete their qualifications.
National trends show a decline in the take up and completion of apprenticeships and traineeships, and a move away from vocational education and training to higher education.
At the same time we have a growing shortage of apprentices and trainees in key sectors in NSW such as construction; health and disability care; and science and technology-based industries.
This consultation paper was released to guide the Review.
Public meetings were held in metropolitan and regional areas to seek advice from interested people on how the apprenticeship system needs to change to meet current and emerging skill needs of industry and the State.