A cross-industry mentoring project is delivering ongoing support to South Australian apprentices and trainees employed by businesses and who have had their training contracts suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mentoring Suspended Apprentices and Trainees project – established by the Training and Skills Commission in partnership with the Government of South Australia’s Skilling South Australia initiative –assists apprentices and trainees directly employed by businesses to remain engaged and focused on completing elements of their learning during the period of suspension. The project also provides support to participants by connecting them to specialist services where required.

Industry mentors are working closely with individual apprentices and trainees to support them to continue to engage and be best placed to recommence with their employer when the period of suspension ends.

In March, the Commission - South Australia’s independent training adviser and regulator - amended the Guidelines for Determining the Approval of the Suspension of a Training Contract to extend the period of suspension for COVID-19 related reasons up to and including 1 January 2021. The Mentoring Suspended Apprentices and Trainees project was initiated by the Commission’s Industry Skills Councils ISCs), bringing to life a key action arising out of the Training Priorities Plan 2020-2021, which links the work of the Commission and its eight ISCs to the State Government’s pro-business strategy, supporting jobs, growth and industry development by increasing the skills levels of the state’s workforce through education and training.

To find out more, or to register your interest in participating, email tasc_mentoring@sa.gov.au.