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To: Dan Tehan

Keep apprentices on the tools

Right now, the organisation that gives advice to the government on apprenticeships, the Australian Industry Skills Commission, wants to strip on the job learning out of apprenticeships.

This would mean that tradespeople could finish their apprenticeship without ever touching a tool.

It’s the skills you pick up on the job that turn you from a student into a tradesperson.

And it’s the skills you pick up on the job that help you to do your work safely, something that’s important for not just tradespeople, but for everyone working around them.

We are calling on the Government and the AISC to protect our apprenticeships and keep apprentices on the tools.

Why is this important?

As an apprentice, I spend one day a week at TAFE and the other four days learning on the job.

I can't imagine what an apprenticeship would be like without on the job training.

Stripping away on the job training would be disastrous for our skilled tradespeople.

We are calling on the Government to commit to keeping on the job training for all apprenticeships.

Reasons for signing

  • Simply cost cutting by the government, with no thought to the adverse consequences. How can a young person know what the job really entails if they get no hands on experience. They come out with a paper certificate, great. But is it? They would have ploughed through the theory over a few years (much of it forgotten - because of no follow up on the job) what happens if they find that they hate the job or can't find one. What use will they be to a future employer. Very little for some time.
  • Because this idea is insanity
  • To stop idiots in offices from destroying trade learning!


2020-11-19 19:01:59 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-11-15 18:16:16 +1100

500 signatures reached

2020-11-12 14:48:02 +1100

100 signatures reached

2020-11-11 17:24:28 +1100

50 signatures reached

2020-11-11 10:10:21 +1100

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