Ai Group has received funding from the Victorian Government to generate interest in traineeships in the ICT sector. This is a sector that generally employs university graduates, although many of the occupations do not require that level of qualification.  

Ai Group will work with a training provider to develop and conduct a preparatory program for prospective trainees, and then help place successful completers in Certificate IV traineeship programs. A mentor will support the trainees throughout the process, and there will be professional development support for their supervisors as well. 

Who is involved? 

Ai Group will manage the program by recruiting apprentices and coordinating employers and training providers in the process. The program will enable employers to train future IT employees to meet the increasing skill needs in the knowledge economy. 

What does an IT Apprenticeship entail? 

The apprenticeship is a 12-month commitment that combines training and paid employment. Apprenticeships lead to much needed IT skills and VET qualifications that are recognised nationally and by other employers in the industry. 

Jobs IT Apprentices are suitable for: 

  • Helpdesk support
  • IT support technician
  • Data centre technician
  • Junior software engineer
  • Junior cyber security analyst 

Benefits to employers 

Apprenticeships assist business by: 

  • Providing additional staff resources; 
  • Being cost effective – trainees cost less than graduates and attract financial incentives; 
  • Customised training to suit the business; 
  • Providing business a fresh perspective – promoting innovation and new ideas;
  • Increasing staff retention and boosting staff loyalty; and
  • Supporting both the employer and apprentice throughout the process. 

How will you be supported? 

Ai Group will: 

  • Work with you to identify required skills and roles for your workforce;
  • Provide you with a range of candidates for consideration for your workforce, and support them through a recruitment process;
  • Provide you with the option to employ apprentices either directly or via a Group Training Organisation (GTO). Under the GTO arrangement, the GTO is the legal employer and therefore assumes the responsibility for the legal aspects of the employment contract as well as the training needs and eliminates any employment risk;
  • Provide mentoring, guidance, and other required support to the apprentices throughout their employment term; and
  • Provide free training and support to supervisors to assist with managing apprentices. 

Costs 

IT Apprentices are paid according to the National Training Wage and this can range from $450 to approximately $700 per week (excluding on-costs) depending on the age and work history of the apprentice. 

For a limited time 

The following incentives may be available to businesses who register their interest in an IT Apprentice: 

  • Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Subsidy – 50% wage subsidy until 30 September 2021 
  • Federal Governments Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program – up to $4,000 per qualifying apprentice 

For further information, please contact Luba Pavlovic, ICT Traineeships Project Officer, Ai Group, on (03) 9867 0159 or via email luba.pavlovic@aigroup.com.au 

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Address: Level 2, 441 St Kilda Rd Melbourne VIC 3004 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9867 0202

Email: cet@aigroup.com.au

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