Mentor/Adviser Apprenticeship Program. Program Overview. The national Apprenticeship Adviser and Mentor programs are part of a direction setting response to the Apprenticeships for the 21 st Century Expert Panel report
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The national Apprenticeship Adviser and Mentor programs are part of a direction setting response to the Apprenticeships for the 21st Century Expert Panel report
The Australian Government has committed around $101 million for these two programs.
The overarching aim of the mentoring program is to increase retention rates for Australian apprentices, particularly in their first 12 months of training
The programs also have a target of supporting the supply of skilled workers where skills shortages exist; and this includes automotive.
Facts about the automotive industry:
Contributes over $34 billion to GDP annually
Supports many other smaller industries
Australia is one of only 13 countries that can design and build vehicles domestically.
Jobs and Employment
Employs more than 385,000 Australians
50,000 personnel are employed in automotive manufacturing with the rest employed in the retail service & repair industries
It is estimated an additional 200,000 people are employed in the provision of services to the auto manufacturers
Over 64,000 automotive businesses; 53% of these are small businesses.
The automotive industry is competing in the same youth labour market as other trades i.e. building, plumbing
Attracting skilled labour is the single biggest issue facing the automotive industry
The development of highly skilled technicians takes around four to six years.
Around 40,000 people are undertaking training in automotive subjects at any one time in Australia
30,000 of all people in training are undertaking an apprenticeship
The industry needs to start 10,000 new apprentices each year.
Skills Supply (2)
A need to improve perceptions of the industry and particularly in schools and with parents
Good career paths in the industry exist but they are not always easily defined
More work needs to be undertaken to find ways of retaining apprentices and skilled workers more broadly
Improved national consistency in training is needed to support the movement of workers across state borders
Australian automotive apprentices are well regarded both locally and overseas
The industry offers a myriad of potential career paths
The industry is at the forefront of technological change
In many automotive careers it is possible to cross-train for instance, from light to heavy vehicles
Having a trade qualification is still one of the best pathways to employment.
Reducing the rate at which apprentices leave the industry
To increase the quality and quantity of potential automotive apprentices
To liaise directly with potential apprentices and employers interested in apprentices
Improve the image and understanding of the automotive industry to all stakeholders
Provide accurate advice to potential apprentices and those advising people in careers in the industry for instance, careers advisers and teachers.
The National Automotive Adviser/Mentor Project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education through the Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Package. The views expressed in this document are those of Auto Skills Australia and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government or state and territory governments.