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Further funding of the successful Apprenticeship Support Officer Program means that the Apprenticeship Support Officers located at Chisholm TAFE will continue to provide a range of valuable support services to Chisholm TAFE apprentices and surrounding TAFEs and RTOs. 

The Labor Government announced an $8.2 million boost for Apprentice Support Officers from the Victorian Budget 2017/18 and will provide ongoing support to apprentices under the age of 25. 

The program has been running since January 2011 and over this time has helped apprentices from a range of trade areas. In 2016 alone the Apprenticeship Support Officers worked with 2983 apprentices in Melbourne’s South East, Bayside and Mornington Peninsula area, 1157 of which are Chisholm TAFE apprentices. 

The Apprenticeship Support Program offers advice, guidance, mentoring and support including a range of referrals to literacy and numeracy services, drug and alcohol counselling and mental health practitioners if needed, to keep apprentices on track and safe through their trade apprenticeship. They can also provide assistance with navigating other support services such as the Fair Work Ombudsman and WorkSafe.

“For many apprentices this is their first taste of the workforce. The early stages of an apprenticeship is the time when apprentices are most at risk of cancelling their apprenticeship. If we can help guide apprentices through the toughest part of their apprenticeship, by assisting them with issues that could affect their apprenticeship; they will have a higher chance of retaining their apprenticeship and completing their studies” says Danni Ulmer, Apprenticeship Support Unit Team Leader, Chisholm TAFE.

Chisholm TAFE apprentices and those attending surrounding RTOs have access to the Apprenticeship Support Officer services which are based across five of the Chisholm TAFE campuses servicing areas based on employer workplace location. 

Twenty-five Apprenticeship Support Officers are located across regional and metropolitan Victoria to continue mentoring and helping young apprentices with family, work and training issues that could affect their apprenticeship. 

Minister of Training and Skills Gayle Tierney supports the program for young apprentices stating “We’re rescuing TAFE, creating hundreds of apprenticeships, and now we’ll provide extra support to help young people learn their trade.”

“Our apprentices are the backbone of our training system and the future of our workforce so it’s vital we give them all the support we can.”

The government funding will create opportunities for thousands of apprentices across Victoria and ensure up to 17 500 first-year apprentices have the support they need every year to learn their trade, gain employment and ensure they achieve the most out of their apprenticeship as the future workforce of Victoria. 

If you are an eligible apprentice, an ASO will contact you and provide their details. If you have not yet been contacted by your Apprenticeship Support Officer or have lost their details, call 0408 072 965 to speak to a Regional Manager.