The aim of the Modern Apprenticeships programme is to provide a pathway to high quality, work-based training for young people, leading to completion of a national qualification at levels 3 or 4 on the National Qualifications Framework. The programme is targeted at 16 to 21 year olds, although it is also available for some people wanting to start a new career.
Modern Apprenticeship Co-ordinators (MACs)
- facilitate young people accessing apprenticeships
- encourage employers to take on young people as Modern Apprentices, and
- provide ongoing mentoring and support to both parties throughout the apprenticeship.
This role involves developing and maintaining collaborative and supporting relationships with Modern Apprentices, their employers, ITOs and Training Providers. Details of the services to be provided are laid out in the MAC’s funding agreement. These include, but are not limited to:
- visiting the Modern Apprentice and their employer at least once every quarter
- using best endeavours to attain participation and achievement by Māori and Pacific people
- working with Modern Apprentices and employers to produce Individual Training Plans
- providing mentoring services for Modern Apprentices
- providing reasonable help to employers to resolve any employment relationship problems with Modern Apprentices, and
- if appropriate, help the Modern Apprentice find new employment.
The process of allocating Modern Apprentices to Modern Apprenticeships Co-ordinators is based on performance, for example relating to achievement against allocation, completions and terminations, and performance with under-represented groups.
3 December 2009