Better support for Victorian apprentices

The Government of Victoria will provide better support and education for apprentices, such as those in Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges, by funding a TAFE program leading to employment pathways.

The government provided $12 million in funding through the last state budget to boost the Learning Support Officer (ASO) program.

The ASO program supports apprentices by providing advice on training and employment, workplace safety and concerns, mental and physical well-being, housing and financial difficulties, drug and alcohol issues.

Officers also work with employers to help them provide high quality working conditions, appropriately

resolve conflicts and provide excellent training opportunities to meet skill demands and increase apprentice completion and retention rates.

Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said the government understands how important the ASO scheme is for jobseekers and employers in supporting and retaining apprentices.

“Only a Labor Government supports excellent TAFE and training opportunities for Victorian job seekers, supporting

the skill demands faced now and in the future by industries across the state.

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