Extract from a blog post on VDC News
It’s fair to say we’re unsure, but it seems a significant reason is many employers see less value in the apprenticeship model
The Fair Work Commission is active in supporting research to inform its decision making on matters such as minimum award wages and conditions. Among research studies the Commissions has released this year is Factors affecting apprenticeships and traineeships (71 pages plus reference lists). The report comes in two parts. Part 1 considers supply-side factors that affect commencement and completion of apprenticeships and traineeships. Part 2 gets to grips with demand-side factors. But don’t let the economics lingo turn you away.
Employers are more reluctant to take on apprentices
In plain language, supply-side factors include the effects on commencement of completions of things like personal characteristics of apprentices and trainees, whether they see good job prospects at the end of their training period, wages, and the impact of their working conditions, and the value of their training experience.
We’ve long debated all these factors, regulated conditions and training closely, provided support to apprentices via mentoring schemes. But what if our focus has missed the mark?
Written by Tom Karmel, former Managing Director of the NCVER, Part 2 finds the apprenticeship and traineeship system is under pressure not due to a shortage of potential apprentices and trainees, but due to the reluctance of employers to take them on. The report puts it in the simplest terms: ‘if employers offered more positions the numbers of apprentices and trainees would be larger.’
So what’s deflating employer demand? We’re not entirely sure, but it’s an important question for the future of the apprenticeship model. The Fair Work Commission report airs some ideas. The VET system, policy makers and employer bodies need to seek out possible responses…(continues)
SOURCE: Blog Post, “What the main cause of slipping apprenticeship and traineeship numbers?”, VDC News, 13 June 2017
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