Looking after our Workforce

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Review

Context

A key plank of the THA Workforce Plan is to better manage Apprenticeships and Traineeships and our strategies are designed to do that by making sure a better cohort of people, better informed and suited to the industry move into the Apprenticeship and Traineeship streams.

The system needs review.  There are many reports on the issues involved.

The THAS is seeking funding for a nonaligned body to undertake a major review by interviewing apprentices and trainees, training organizations, apprenticeship centres and venues about issues.  Seek out the non-completers and find out why - info about cessations kept by Skills Tas is of the check-list variety and this needs to be verified.

Most review of the system are done by stakeholders or organisations aligned with education and training – it needs a fresh non-aligned review.

Outcome

Detailed information allowing targeting of systemic issues to better provide a great apprenticeship or traineeship environment for our young people.

Better, stronger and more robust completion rates for the Industry, and for other industries providing a more secure employment base, and better work outcomes for all Tasmanians – and information for other jurisdictions that may enhance their outcomes.

 

Background:

Completions for apprentices and trainees in Hospitality are declining.  The figures represented below are sourced from Skills Tasmania:

 

Commencements - Effective Completion Rtes per year

Total 2013

Total 2014

Total 2015

Total 2016

Total all Years

Commencements

331

352

342

204

1,229

Non Completions

215

240

264

116

835

64.95%

68.18%

77.19%

56.86%

67.94%

 

Non Completions - Employee Issues %

Employee Issues

101

112

105

48

366

Non Completions

215

240

264

116

835

%

46.98%

46.67%

39.77%

41.38%

43.83%

These figures represent an unsuitable cadre of students moving into the Hospitality spectrum – we don’t sell the industry or careers properly and within VET, Hospitality is seen as an easy way to engage the most disassociated youth till the end of year 12, not to prepare them for employment.

Completion rates very low and there are other endemic problems

  • Tick and Flick training
  • Poor support from AAC’s & others
  • Poor product coming in – “we have a plan”
  • Bad venue management
  • Bad venues
  • Block Vs Business training
  • Funding Model
  • Poaching

We have solutions in the THA Workforce Plan:

The review needs to shift home the responsibilities and be uncompromising in its focus and deliverables.