AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services (AMAATS) is very pleased to have been awarded a new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) contract, which will provide apprentices, trainees and employers access to new and innovative support services. The new AASN contract will see AMAATS extend the delivery of its quality employment and training services to the entire state of Western Australia.

Senator Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, explained that the new AASN, which commenced 1 July 2015, aims to improve apprentice and trainee completion rates with a suite of new support services, delivered by a network of experienced and knowledgeable training and employment providers.

“The successful organisations who will deliver these services all have proven track records in the employment and training market,” Senator Birmingham said.

Peter Keenan, AMAATS Manager, states that “Since 1998, AMAATS has delivered – mainly in the Perth metropolitan area – a range of apprenticeship services to employers and apprentices. AMAATS looks forward to working with employers and apprentices across the whole of Western Australia.”

The change to Australia’s apprenticeship model is great news for West Australian employers, apprentices and trainees alike, as AMAATS is now set to deliver a broader yet targeted range of state-wide support services, focussing on better job matching, mentoring and streamlining operations of the apprenticeship system.

The immediate focus of the AASN will be small to medium businesses and individual training and employment pathways.

“Employers, particularly small business owners, will receive more efficient help in navigating the apprenticeships system, while individuals will be better assisted to complete their training,” Senator Birmingham said.

In this respect, AMAATS has a solid track record of providing tailored employment and training services to WA businesses, further enhanced by our attention to employers and individuals at the local level.

“AMAATS has a strong focus on community and educational employment and is excited with the opportunity that is presented to expand these focuses across the state”, Mr Keenan said. “We look forward to becoming an important part of the community in rural and regional areas of Western Australia.”

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