Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices

ISMAA is a new service launched officially by the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews on 31 January 2018.

ISMAA is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and provides intensive support to apprentices and trainees in the first two years of their training in industries that are undergoing structural change.

The ISMAA program provides an intensive and specialist level of assistance to apprentices and trainees who are experiencing barriers to completing their training through frequent contact from a highly skilled industry mentor who understands the industry as well as apprenticeship and traineeship training.

ISMAA is delivered by service providers, like Directions, across Australia in major cities as well as rural and regional areas. Directions has been contracted to provide Industry Special Mentoring for Australian Apprentices in the construction and manufacturing industries across the Wheatbelt region.

ISMAA complements other Australian Government support for apprentices, trainees, and their employers through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives program, Trade Support Loans, and the Australian Apprenticeships Support Network.

The ISMAA program is a FREE service designed to provide eligible Australian Apprentices with the opportunity to access an intensive and specialist level of assistance backed by detailed knowledge of the industry in which they work.

Directions’ Industry Mentors all have extensive industry experience and are all qualified tradespeople and former apprentices themselves. They each have years of experience supporting and supervising apprentices and trainees on the job and in relation to their off-the-job training, so they understand every aspect of an Australian Apprenticeship and what it takes to succeed. They have worked at all levels with and in the industries for which they are mentoring. They are also deeply committed to working with and supporting apprentices and trainees towards their career and training goals.

The apprentice or trainee will develop an Individual Mentoring Plan with their Industry Mentor that will outline the range of individually tailored support that will be provided, based on their specific needs and circumstances. The goal is to retain them in their apprenticeship or traineeship and position them for successful completion.

In order to receive support under the ISMAA program, a person must be

  • currently undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship program
  • be in the first two years of that program, and
  • be in an industry that is undergoing structural change.

Directions is contracted to provide this service specifically to apprentices and trainees based in the WA Wheatbelt, and undergoing their apprenticeship/traineeship programs in either the Building & Construction or Manufacturing industries.

For further information, to refer a client, or to confirm your eligibility, please contact us initially on (08) 9274 8502 or email