Supporting Australian apprenticeships T
he Mentoring Australia’s Apprentices Project (MAAP) is aimed at matching young Australian Apprentices with experienced mentors to increase workplace participation, and to support and raise apprenticeship completions across Australia. MAAP is an initiative of VETnetwork Australia and is being delivered in all Australian states and territories, in both metropolitan and regional areas. Utilising targeted mentoring, MAAP has been developed to help Australian Apprentices across industry sectors successfully progress through their apprenticeship, and may also involve support to their employers or supervisors to encourage a positive employment relationship and provide for better overall support and transitions. MAAP is funded by the Department of Industry under the Australian Apprentices Mentoring Package. MAAP concentrates on a ‘traditional’ mentoring model based on the establishment of a close mentor-apprentice relationship,
generally on a 1:1 or 1:small group basis. The mentoring relationship is developed over time with initial quality screening and training of volunteer mentors, as well as ongoing support and monitoring for MAAP participants. Utilising this model (eg. embedded training and 1:1 matching) increases the chance of long term program sustainability, as the knowledge and critical skills are imparted to participants. MAAP offers a mutually beneficial model in that it is supportive of Australian Apprentices/Trainees and also provides a valuable professional development opportunity for current business and employees. Project partners as well as individual employees participating in the program indicate that implementation of MAAP/ mentoring in the workplace has had a positive influence on workplace culture and interpersonal relationships amongst current staff and apprentices/ trainees. Development of high quality resources to support mentoring relationships also equip participants,
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including business, employers and schools, with the knowledge and ‘know how’ to embed mentoring into the workplace, and replicate the program in the future, with limited external support.
across industry sectors For more information on MAAP or to register your interest in the program, visit: maap.vetnetwork.org.au. Michelle Campbell is the Executive Manager – Programs for VETnetwork Australia and has worked for the University of South Australia and Flinders University, with a background in research. Focusing on the design and implementation of initiatives that increase engagement, participation and attrition of young people in education from the early years to higher education and into work, Michelle’s career has been dedicated to equity and access in education within Australia.
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