The AMA (WA)’s Apprenticeship & Traineeship Services (AMAATS) division has been awarded a new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) contract. Winning the AASN contract represents a major step forward for the AMA (WA), as the organisation will for the first time deliver apprenticeship and traineeship services from nine offices across Perth and regional Western Australia. AMA members and the state’s health sector are set to benefit from the expansion, with the Association seeking to make a difference at the local community level.

The AMA (WA) is one of four apprenticeship and traineeship providers currently servicing the state of WA, with each taking on the appointed title of Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP). The important point of difference between the AMA (WA) and other ANPs is that it alone exclusively services the state of WA. Two of the other providers have interstate headquarters while all three have national contracts.

The AMA (WA) has a long history of creating healthy communities through education, training and employment. Since 1998, the organisation has, through its AMAATS division, successfully delivered a range of apprenticeship services to WA businesses and individuals. These services will now be available in and around the towns of Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Mandurah, Northam and Port Hedland.

AMAATS Manager Peter Keenan looks forward to working with employers and apprentices throughout the state. “AMAATS has a strong focus on providing quality services to employers and employees and is excited with the opportunity to expand across the State,” Mr Keenan said. “We look forward to becoming an important part of the community in rural and regional areas of WA.”

What this means in real terms for the AMA (WA)’s state-wide member base is access to highly trained staff for recruitment support. This includes access to free employment services for entry level staff and enhanced medical practice support at the local level. The AMA (WA) also looks forward to collaborating with medical practitioners in the promotion of health initiatives and events in regional communities.


This article first appeared in the July 2015 edition of Medicus.