Good news for bricklaying apprentices and their employers with the announcement by the Federal Government of financial support to address the real need for mentoring apprentices during the crucial first two years of training. In WA, Skill Hire is offering this program and specific providers have been appointed for other States.
Skill Hire has been allocated funding to provide flexible, independent and confidential support from individual trade experts. Bricklaying apprentices and/or employers can confidentially enquire as to eligibility by getting in touch with Skill Hire on 08 9376 2800 or Email. The mentoring service is available, regardless of whether there is any past or current association with Skill Hire as a host or apprentice.
The Program, known as the ISMAA or Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices will be delivered by Skill Hire across regional and metropolitan areas including Goldfields, Esperance, Wheat Belt, Perth and region, Midwest, South West and Great Western. With 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, Skill Hire has a responsive and pro-active network which can provide impartial & strictly confidential support for apprentices, outside of the employer.
The emphasis in the Program is clearly on providing support delivered by ‘specialists’ who know the specific challenges being faced by apprentices. The assistance for those experiencing barriers to their training will be at an intensive level through frequent contact from a highly skilled industry mentor with the right skill sets. The apprentice will develop an Individual Mentoring Plan with their mentor that will outline the range of support that will be provided.
I am delighted to see this that new Program is highly specific to individual trade circumstances and is comprehensive in detail and duration. As we’ve reported many times, improving our trade’s retention rates is a major objective for ABBTF. Mentoring, creating the right onsite work ‘culture’, access to the Fair Work Quiz and Workplace Rights are just a few of the related topics we cover in our websites and blogs as an ongoing encouragement to both employers and apprentices to get the very best from the apprenticeship – successfully negotiating ‘road blocks’ that come up over the 3 or 4 years duration.
As I said, ISMAA is national, so check out the ISMAA details at the Australian Apprenticeships website and contact a service supplier in your State from the Bricklayer ISMAA Provider List downloadable here.
ABBTF WA Manager