TURNBULL GOVERNMENT DOWNGRADES TRADES

14 Nov 2016

The Turnbull Government is determined to undermine the Australian apprentice system by promoting classroom-based trades training at the expense of real apprenticeships.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT DOWNGRADES TRADES

The Turnbull Government is determined to undermine the Australian apprentice system by promoting classroom-based trades training at the expense of real apprenticeships.

Under the guise of piloting new approaches to apprentice delivery, the Turnbull Government has awarded $2 million to former Senator Bob Day’s North East Vocational College (NEVC) without a competitive tender.

The trial will deliver classroom-based training in building and construction to 20 young people at the cost to taxpayers of $92,000 per student.

The Turnbull Government has effectively redefined apprentices as students. The students in the pilot will not be apprentices in any recognisable way.

 

  • They will not have a training contract or an employment contract.
  • They will receive no meaningful on-the-job learning.
  • Any ‘work experience’ they do will be unpaid.
  • Under South Australian law they will not be eligible for a trade certificate to become a recognised tradesperson.
  • They will be disadvantaged in their future employment when compared with a true trade apprentice.

The pilot’s classroom-based approach to trades training strikes at the heart of the apprenticeship system – the success of which lies in the shared responsibility and commitment from employers, apprentices and trainers alike.

Former Senator Day’s pet project shifts the cost of industry training squarely onto young people, their parents and the taxpayer, and it undermines sound standards of skill formation.

The Turnbull Government’s answer to Australia’s declining skills base and apprenticeship crisis is to denigrate the status and value of trade training.

The Turnbull Government is prepared to attack the Australian apprenticeship system in order to buy the vote of then Senator Bob Day.

THURSDAY, 10 November 2016