Evaluation of the TAEG-School Based Traineeships Program – 2016-19 Final Report
The Tailored Assistance Employment Grants School Based Traineeships (TAEG-SBT) program is an educational and employment pathway designed to improve Year 12 completion rates and long term employment outcomes.
It is a sub-program under Tailored Assistance Employment Grants (TAEG) – a flexible employment approach that aims to get more Indigenous people into work, being a part of the Australian Government’s Indigenous advancement strategy (IAS) program 1.1.
Through the program participants gain hands-on work experience, off-the-job vocational training, and have the opportunity to complete a nationally recognised qualification (usually Certificate II or III) while completing their secondary school studies.
Since commencement in 2016 the program has funded 18 service providers to support approximately 2,000 Indigenous trainees at a total cost of $13.9m as at 30 June 2020.
The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) engaged Social Compass to evaluate the TAEG-SBT from 2016-2019 focusing on the following objectives.
- The appropriateness of program design and implementation.
- The extent to which expected outcomes of the SBT program have been achieved (effectiveness).
- How efficiently the program funding has been used and the implications for policy and future impact.