Quick facts about apprenticeships and traineeships
- Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work with structured training.
- Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time, part-time, or school-based – where some of the training is undertaken while the apprentice or trainee is in high school.
- Existing employees may undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship.
- Apprenticeships and traineeships require employers to enter into a training contract with the apprentice or trainee, which is a legally binding agreement to work and train together for a length of time.
- Employers work with a training organisation and the apprentice or trainee to draw up a training plan.
- Training options must be negotiated and outlined in the training plan. Aspects of training that are open to negotiation (subject to training package requirements) include: selection, content and sequencing or competency units, timing, location and mode of delivery, and the trainer or facilitator.
Types of apprenticeships and traineeships
Full-time or part-time
- Full-time apprentices and trainees work and train on average of 38 hours a week and have ongoing employment.
- Part-time apprentices and trainees are rostered to work on a regular basis, working and training no less than 15 hours per week, averaged over a four-week cycle.
- Existing workers may be employed as an apprentice or trainee (as long as they are not casual).
- The term of a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship is generally double that of the full-time apprenticeship or traineeship.
Adult and mature age
Commencing an apprenticeship or traineeship is the same for all, no matter what age. As an older apprentice or trainee, you provide maturity, reliability, life experience and knowledge, not only to an employer but to other staff.
Furthermore, your existing skills and experience (gained from education, training, work and life experiences) may provide you with credit and may reduce your training time. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the formal recognition of these skills and can be discussed with the training organisation.
As a mature age apprentice or trainee, you may earn different wages compared to a young apprentice or trainees. Phone the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 to discuss wages.
- School-based apprentices and trainees undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship as part of their high school studies (generally in years 10, 11 and 12).
- A school-based apprentice or trainee’s employment and/or training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.
- The term of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship is generally double that of a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship.
Read further information about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
Steps to gaining an Traineeship
- Find employer to employ you with a minimum of 20hrs provided per week.
- Employer rings their local Traineeship / Apprenticeship Network Provider http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/find-my-aasn-by-region
BRISBANE Office 1300 363 831 TOOWOOMBA Office 1300 223 467
- You will then receive a Consultant call-back to arrange a visit to your premises.
- During this appointment, your Consultant will take you through the Apprenticeship Traineeship Contract. (There is a page in the Contract where you list the Course code and name and the RTO who will be providing the teaching).
- After the Employer signs the Contract your Consultant will contact us (The Flower School Pty Ltd) and forward to us the Contact for our signature.
- The Trainee completes our standard Enrolment Form.
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