AMEP contracts awarded in WA
19 Apr 2011
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has awarded contracts to Central Institute and Polytechnic West to deliver the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) in two regions across Western Australia.
Service providers were selected after a rigorous evaluation process considering technical merit, relative risk, price and financial viability of each tenderer.
They will begin providing services from July 1, with contracts expiring on 30 June 2014.
The new AMEP business model will deliver key features such as a greater focus on settlement and on providing guidance to clients both during their participation in the program, and as they exit the program.
Greater benefits to clients as a result of changes to the business model include increased educational and vocational counselling, clearly delineated and flexible pathways to further English as a second language (ESL) courses, education, employment and vocational training.
Eligibility for the AMEP has been extended to 15- to 17-year-olds who have discontinued their schooling within the first year of arrival in Australia.
Clients continue to have access to free childcare for under school-aged children and multiple learning delivery modes including classroom tuition, home tutors and distance/e-learning.
A single national service provider will deliver distance/e-learning to AMEP clients.
The program is delivered in some 250 locations around Australia to more than 50 000 clients from 193 countries.
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