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TAFETalks: Apprenticeships Part 2: Supporting students to complete
Duration: 1 hour
Guest speakers:
• The Hon Luke Howarth, MP, Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services
• Ms Tiffany Blight, Executive Director, National Careers Institute
• Ms Dianne Dayhew, CEO National Apprentice Employment Network
• Mr Ben Bardon, CEO National Australian Apprenticeships Association
• Mr Grant Dreher, CEO TasTAFE

TAFETalks: Apprenticeships Part 2: Supporting Students to Complete is the second part of a two-part series on apprenticeships. This second session will focus on apprenticeships as a career and what support is needed for students to successfully complete an apprenticeship.
The Hon Luke Howarth, MP, Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment services will open the webinar and set the scene for the discussion including how we can can meet the needs of Australian youth through better support for apprentices.
Tiffany Blight from the National Careers Institute, Dianne Dayhew from the National Apprentice Employment Network and Ben Bardon from the National Australian Apprenticeships Association will discuss their strategies for supporting students to improve apprenticeship completions. Grant Dreher, CEO at TasTAFE will share his insights on what is working well in Tasmania in the apprenticeship space.

Dec 1, 2021 02:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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The Hon Luke Howarth
MP, Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services
Parliamentary service • Elected to the House of Representatives for Petrie, Queensland in 2013, 2016, 2019. • Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services from 29.5.2019 to 22.12.2020. • Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services from 22.12.2020. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament • CertIIIPestMgt (Brisbane North Institute of TAFE). • Judo Black Belt, Sho Dan (Qld representative). • Qualification in Scuba Diving. • DipBus (Brisbane North Institute of TAFE). • Sony Australia Ltd. from 1993 to 2001. • Managing director from 2002 to 2013.
Ben Bardon
CEO @National Australian Apprenticeships Association (NAAA)
Ben is currently the CEO of the National Australian Apprenticeships Association and before that spent 10 years as CEO of Skillset, a large Group Training Organisation based in Western NSW. The National Australian Apprenticeships Association (NAAA) is the national peak body representing those organisations delivering Australian Apprenticeships Support Services (AASS). NAAA works with Government and key stakeholders to help its members in the delivery of the services. Ben has employed over 5,000 apprentices and trainees through his career and is committed to improving the user experience for apprentices, trainees, and their employers. He has also worked with various government departments and peak agencies in the areas of Apprenticeships research and policy development.
Dianne Dayhew
CEO @National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN)
Dianne Dayhew is the CEO of the National Apprentice Employment Network, the member body representing the network of group training organisations that employs some 25,000 apprentices and trainees around Australia. Dianne worked with the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council for more than six years, initially running their NSW ITAB contract for construction and property services, and later as General Manager of Policy. She established and managed three group training operations in both the arts and property services industries, and later worked with high profile organisations including SOCOG, SPOC (for the Paralympics) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she was a Senior Executive in the Human Resources Division.
Tiffany Blight
Executive Director @National Careers Institute
Tiffany is the Executive Director of the National Careers Institute (NCI) within the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE). The NCI was formally established on 9 June 2020 and operates as a non-statutory, independently identified entity within DESE. The NCI provides Australians with authoritative and accurate career information and support, irrespective of age or career stage, so that people can make informed decisions about their education, training, and career pathways. Tiffany joined DESE in February 2020 as a First Assistant Secretary with the Skills Group. Prior to this role, she has held various Senior Executive Service positions across the Australian Public Service including with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australian Border Force, and several appointments with the Department of Defence.
Grant Dreher
Grant Dreher is the CEO of TasTAFE and a Board Director of TDA. TasTAFE is Tasmania’s public provider and the state’s largest registered training organisation. TasTAFE delivers training to more than 20,000 students and works with industry and employers to meet their skills needs. TasTAFE has one of the highest apprenticeship completion rates in Australia. Grant joined TasTAFE in February 2021 after more than 20 years in the Victorian TAFE sector, most recently, as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Vocational Education and Pathways at Victoria University and Executive Director, Victoria Polytechnic. Prior to that Grant was General Manager Education and Training at Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE.