The Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) program is funded by the Australian Government and provides intensive support to apprentices and trainees in the first two years of their training in industries that are undergoing structural change.
The program assists in meeting the long-held concerns of Ai Group and others regarding the enduringly low completion rates of apprentices. This issue along with ongoing low commencement rates continues to be a major problem at a time when industry has reported shortages in trades and technician workers and is re-focusing its workforce to meet the challenges arising through digitalization and other advanced manufacturing technologies.
Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) is delivered by Service Providers across Australia in major cities as well as rural and regional areas. Ai Group has been contracted to deliver services to apprentices in the manufacturing industry under the Program. Ai Group’s apprentice mentors work across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.
The tailored support to apprentices has the aim of assisting them to address any barriers they face; improve their retention and increase the likelihood that they will complete their apprenticeship.
An apprentice mentor develops an individual mentoring plan with the apprentice according to their needs. The apprentice and mentor then continue to be in contact either face-to-face or by email or phone until the areas specified in the plan have been addressed.
The issues to be supported will depend on the apprentice but may include:
In the case of a new apprentice, the mentor can be available to assist with any issues as the apprentice becomes established.
Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) complements other Australian Government support for apprentices, trainees and their employers through the Australian Incentives Program, Trade Support Loans and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.
Benefits for employers
Benefits for apprentices
Please contact Peter Staley, Coordinator - Apprentice Mentor Program, for further information or to arrange for an Apprentice Mentor to visit your business and apprentices. Ph: 0419 830 729 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
Tel: 0419 830 729
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New South Wales
Tel: 0419 462 500
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Melbourne & Southern VIC
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