Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentice by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. 

Industry Specialist Mentor Australian 1st & 2nd Year Apprentices / Trainees*

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The ISMAA programs aims to significantly increase retention and completion rates for apprentices in industries impacted by critical skills shortages. The furnishing industry including cabinetmaking, furniture sectors have been identified as sectors requiring support.

The program will assist 1st and 2nd year apprentices and trainees in overcoming life and work-based challenges. Helping them work towards completion of their trade training. 

We are pleased to announce that ACFA are an approved provider of the Department of Education and Training (DET) ISMAA program. ACFA will provide FREE on the job mentoring support. This will be a tailored, individualised mentoring program.

ISMAA is available to all businesses within the furnishing, kitchens and bathroom manufacturing sectors who have 1st & 2nd year apprentices or trainees.

ACFA will be contacting apprentices, trainees and employers to inform them of the benefits of participating in this FREE (Government Subsidised) mentoring program.

ACFA's collaboration with the ISMAA program will ensure the ongoing development of a highly skilled and competent workforce within the Furniture and Cabinetmaking trades. 


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For more information download the brochure here or contact the team: or 0419 786 836.

*applies to ACT/NSW/SA 1st and 2nd year apprentices/trainees only

What is Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA)?

  • Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) is funded by the Australian Government and provides intensive support to apprentices and trainees in the first two years of their training in industries that are undergoing structural change.
  • Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) complements other Australian Government support for apprentices, trainees and their employers through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, Trade Support Loans and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.
  • Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) is delivered by Service Providers across Australia in major cities as well as rural and regional areas.


Read below to see how our Mentoring Program is benefiting Companies and their Apprentices.


"Designer Living Kitchens have been working with the ACFA from early 2017 in association with our Apprentices with an aim to all completing MSF31113 Certificate 111 in Cabinetmaking. All our Apprentices are signed up to the Industry Specialist Mentoring to Australian Apprentices and Trainees (ISMAA) program.  The additional support offered to our team of apprentices has taken a great deal of pressure away from supervisors on our team, by developing effective and efficient apprentice workers. We are experiencing growth in these students, with visibly improved attitudes and behaviour. In addition, the apprentices have clearer life goals and improved punctuality. We have gained a lot from working with ACFA teams and trust the ACFA will continue to maintain its success in mentoring students and progressing them to completion of their trade training."

Margaret Craig, Operations Manager


"AMS Furniture currently employs six apprentices and two trainees through Central Coast Group Training at our Lisarow site. In recent months we have partnered with ACFA to offer a mentoring program to the five eligible apprentices. In that time, I have observed all of the individuals involved grow in confidence and improve their communication skills. Discussions with Liam, their mentor, has allowed each apprentice to open dialogues with the company regarding their future and the skills they would like to learn going forward. This has resulted in opportunities that may not have eventuated without the mentoring support provided by Liam. 

Even when dealing with disciplinary matters, the support provided by ACFA has proven to be a benefit to company. Liam is able to provide an additional voice to what is presented which allows a different perspective for the apprentice involved. I would not hesitate to recommend the ISMAA mentoring program to any business that employs apprentices and will continue to encourage any new apprentices to sign up with the program."

Adam Tasker, Production Manager


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