Helping Victorian apprentices, trainees and youth achieve their career dreams

In 2010 in Victoria 92,000 people started a trade apprenticeship such as plumbing or electrician or non-trade such as a farm management.

Yet according to data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) only 52.4% completed their training, 42.9% dropped out and 4.7% are either continuing or unknown.

As part of an Australian Government initiative to boost trainee and apprentice completion rates, MAS National has been selected as part of the Australian Government’s $200 million annual investment in the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) to provide apprentice, employer and trainee specialist support for the next three years in Victoria.

MAS National has developed The MAS Experience to support vocational journeys and boost completion rates. It offers a unique mix of services to employers and apprentices such as job matching the right apprentice to the right employer, support, mentoring, on-line tools, careers counselling and facilitating incentive payments and financial support.

With parts of Victoria holding some of the highest youth unemployment in Australia such as 17.5% in Hume (Goulburn Valley, Wodonga and Wangaratta www.bsl.org.au) MAS National CEO Poul Bottern said supporting vocational journeys is both a win for jobs in Victoria and has many flow on benefits to skills training and Australia’s economy.

“With a statistic of only about 50% apprentices completing their training, it is where The MAS Experience caring for every step of the learning journey can make a difference,” Mr Bottern said.

“Apprenticeships and traineeships are a proven vocational pathway to a rewarding career. They create career dreams which change people’s lives. Increasing completion rates is not only a great employment option for the individual yet ultimately has flow on effects which boost our economy and productivity.”

Mr Bottern said: “The MAS Experience provides the greatest support at the start of the apprenticeship when the risk of dropping out is highest. We have seen how challenging employment opportunities are in Victoria and we hope this landmark initiative will offer significant hope to tens of thousands of young people.”

The MAS Experience will also be operational in South Australia and Tasmania. Typically an apprenticeship is four years and traineeship two years.