Improving apprenticeship outcomes is the focus of a new advisory group that met for the first time on 16 February 2023.
Queensland's Apprenticeship Advisory Reference Group includes members from across industries and the state, including Queensland Training Ombudsman Geoff Favell, recent apprentices, employers, unions, and training and school organisations.
Chaired by SunCentral's Amanda Yeates, the group will provide advice on industry-led solutions to improve the effectiveness of Queensland's apprenticeship and traineeship system.
Focused on keeping more apprentices on the job and qualified, the group will also look at issues such as persistent skills shortages, systemic challenges and the need for greater diversity and cultural change in male-dominated occupations, such as trades.
The group's formation is among a range of actions being implemented in response to a 2022 review of support by the Ombudsman and as part of the Queensland Workforce Strategy – connecting good people to good jobs.