History of AGA
Rebranding to AGA Apprenticeships Plus
AGA rebrands to AGA Apprenticeships Plus to reflect the broad range of services offered.
AGA joined the MAS Experience consortium
AGA forms part of a consortium selected by the Australian Government to deliver the full suite of support services to apprentices and employers across South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.
The consortium delivers The MAS Experience and works to improve completion rates among apprentices and trainees throughout Australia.
Although our business has changed in response to new challenges and industry needs over the years, our guiding philosophies remain the same.
AGA’s goal is still to help young people to build a great career for themselves by working directly with industry to open genuine employment opportunities.
AGA joined IntoWork Australia
AGA joined the IntoWork Australia Group and merged with APlus.
Trading name changed to AGA
AGA constructs and opens a new purpose-built facility in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne.
AGA identity created
In 2008, our board made the decision to unite the two business names (GGT and AV) into a single identity, Apprenticeships Group Australia. Our business today comprises 8 training centres located across Victoria and an apprentice and trainee population of nearly 1,000. We work with a dedicated network of hundreds of excellent host employers across dozens of industries.
Apprenticeships Plus donates $1 million
The Inner North Community Foundation is launched with a $1 million donation from Apprenticeships Plus. The Inner North Community Foundation funds projects that create prosperous, connected and cohesive communities in Melbourne’s Inner North, particularly encouraging pathways to employment.
GGT reaches a milestone of 1,000 apprentices and trainees employed.
Apprenticeships Plus is launched
The trading name Apprenticeships Plus is launched as a Group Training Organisation and Registered Training Organisation by Inner Northern Group Training. Apprenticeships Plus was later renamed APlus.
Australian Government Contracts
From 1999 to 2012, both GGT and AV provided Australian Apprenticeships Centre services under contract to the Australian Government. This arm to our business helped us to grow, diversify and operate across many more sectors as we provided apprenticeship information services to the wider community.
New Apprenticeships Centre (NAC)
Contracted by the Australian Government to deliver Apprenticeship Support Services in Gippsland and Melbourne.
Melbourne training centre opens
In 1994, GGT opened its first training centre in Melbourne under the business name Apprenticeships Victoria (AV). As in Gippsland, the business expanded rapidly in response to increasing demand for young people in the automotive, engineering and building trades.
First Victorian private Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
Training arm of GGT established and operational.
In 1988, GGT sought accreditation to function as one of the first private Registered Training Organisations in the state, so that we could provide free, industry-driven training to our apprentices as part of their employment with us. Since that time, our training capacity has grown to incorporate multiple trade and professional qualifications and a network of training facilities across Victoria.
AGA renamed Gippsland Group Training (GGT)
Name change to extend service provision to industry across Gippsland.
Our business grew rapidly in response to the need for apprentices, driven by the efforts of field staff who proactively engaged with local employers to understand their business needs. Within a few short years, the company had expanded to operate throughout the wider Gippsland region, renaming itself Gippsland Group Training.
History of AGA
AGA starts as the Latrobe Valley Training Company
Commences operation as one of the first Group Training Organisations.
Our organisation was originally created through a partnership of local industry leaders to encourage young people in the region to enter trade apprenticeships.
We did this by:
– Employing the apprentices ourselves
– Coordinating their training and personal development with industry needs
– Arranging local work placements with ‘host’ employers
The group training model was being developed by other not-for-profit organisations at the time and has since been adopted by hundreds of organisations around Australia.