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Apprenticeships for the 19th Century?

Erica Smith writes how one hidden proposal from the apprenticeship expert panel could destroy Australia’s traineeship system. On January 31 the Commonwealth Government released a report called A shared responsibility: Apprenticeships for the 21st Century. The report was produced by ...

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The myth of the evil employer

Employers are not natural-born exploiters of young people, says Erica Smith.   In a recent Campus Review (25.11.08), Mark Cully from the NCVER wrote an article about low pay and traineeships. He began by describing an imaginary scenario where an ...

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