Thousands of construction apprentices to benefit from mentoring

19 March 2013

Thousands of Australian Apprentices in the building and construction industry will benefit from mentoring, thanks to a partnership between the Australian Government and a peak industry body.

Parliamentary Secretary for Skills, Sharon Bird, today launched the Construction Apprenticeship Mentoring Scheme (CAMS) at the Master Builders’ ACT Training Centre.

“This scheme is about matching up young apprentices with mentors to help them overcome challenges and complete their training,” Ms Bird said.

“Mentoring is great for apprentices but also important for the economy as Australia will need more skilled tradespeople in the future.

“That’s why the Australian Government has allocated $3.4 million to the scheme and is working closely with Master Builders Australia.

“A national coordinator and engagement officers are already in place who are recruiting up to 200 volunteer mentors who will assist up to 4,000 Australian Apprentices.

“Only around half of all apprentices currently complete their training and mentoring is one of the ways to turn that around.

“This scheme is helping deliver the skills the nation needs and offering crucial support to young Australian Apprentices.”

The Australian Government is already assisting the construction industry through the $57.5 million Apprentice Kickstart Initiative which is designed to bring an extra 21,000 construction and engineering trade apprentices into the workforce.

Funding for CAMS comes from $80 million Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Program which has already allocated funding to more than 30 mentoring projects.

Early indications are these projects are progressing well and are having a positive impact on both apprentices and employers.