When asked what they needed to get more youth and disadvantaged jobseekers into apprenticeships, most business leaders said that apprenticeships needed better promotion and that there were stigmas stopping parents and youth from considering these options.
Apart from promoting apprenticeship and traineeship programs, businesses said other things were needed, including:
Gary Workman, Global Apprenticeship Network Australia (GAN) Australia’s Executive Director said, “The message is clear, we need more information for schools, parents and our youth so that they can make more informed decisions. There are a wide range of careers available and most people don’t understand that apprenticeships are available in new, growth areas such as IT and healthcare. Australia has a high youth unemployment rate and yet we are experieincing skills shortages. We need to find better ways to fill these voids.”
Apprenticeship programmes are one way of meeting employers’ needs and lowering youth unemployment.
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