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Australian Apprenticeships : 

Australian Apprenticeships

What are Australian Apprenticeships?: 

What are Australian Apprenticeships? Australian Apprenticeships were introduced in 1998 to establish a single integrated system of employment and training incorporating the previously separate apprenticeship and traineeship systems. Australian Apprenticeships cover all occupations where a contract of training applies, and can be applied to varying training periods (usually from 1 to 4 years) and various vocational qualification levels (from Certificate I to Diploma)

Australian Apprenticeships- Features: 

Australian Apprenticeships- Features Australian Apprenticeships offer a pathway that people can use to commence a career and get an industry based qualification without using the traditional routes of undertaking university or TAFE courses before being employed. This pathway can also start at school with Australian School-based Apprenticeships. The apprentice or trainee is employed whilst undertaking their training under a training agreement. This agreement outlines the qualifications the apprentice or trainee is expected to obtain and the obligations of both the employer and apprentice or trainee.


Effectiveness Recent research has found that the employment retention outcomes from Australian Apprenticeships are very good. Over 90% of Australian Apprentices are employed three months after completion of their apprenticeship. This compares very favourably with the employment outcomes of TAFE and university graduates, which are nevertheless also very good.


Growth Australian Apprenticeships in Australia are more popular than ever, with numbers having grown steadily in the last decade to reach a record 406,900 in September 2003. Since then Australian Apprenticeships Numbers have decreased slightly to 403,600 in March 2006. Recent figures indicate that 45% of all teenagers in full time employment were employed as a Australian Apprentice. The rapid expansion of the system beyond the traditional trades means that Australian Apprenticeships now better reflect the structure of the Australian labour market.

Australian Apprenticeship Growth: 

Australian Apprenticeship Growth


Growth The opening up of the system to people of all ages has not meant a reduction of opportunities for young people. In fact, Australia’s apprenticeship system is adjusting to global changes in the nature of work and the rapid ageing of the population better than the apprenticeship systems in other countries. 3.9% of Australia’s working age population are employed in Australian Apprenticeships - ranking Australia 4th in the world behind Switzerland, Germany and Austria in terms of coverage of the workforce by the apprenticeships system

Training Packages and Australian Apprenticeships: 

Training Packages and Australian Apprenticeships Training Packages are based on competencies required in the workplace. The competencies have been developed by industry to meet specific skill requirements of that industry. Employers may choose different combinations of competencies within the rules of each Training Package that determine the Australian Apprenticeship qualification. In some cases different combinations of competencies can lead to the same qualification.


Australian Apprenticeships and Training Package Qualification Pathways Training Package Australian Apprent- iceships Australian School -based Apprentice-ships Certificate I Certificate II Certificate III Certificate IV Diploma Advanced Diploma

Training Packages Now Available: 

Training Packages Now Available Aeroskills Animal Care & Management Amenity Horticulture Assessment & Workplace Training Asset Maintenance Asset Security Australian Meat Industry Automotive Industry Manufacturing Aviation Automotive Retail Service and Repair Beauty Business Services Coal General Construction Caravan Industry Conservation & Land Management Civil Construction Chemicals, Hydrocarbons & Oil Refining Community Pharmacy Community Services Competitive Manufacturing Community Recreation Correctional Services Drilling Industry Electricity Supply – Generation Electricity Supply- Transmission & Distribution Electrotechnology Entertainment Industry Extractive Industry

Training Packages Now Available: 

Training Packages Now Available Financial Services Film, TV, Radio & Multimedia Fitness Industry Floristry Food Processing Industry Forest & Forest Products Industry Funeral Services Furnishing Gas Industry General Construction Hairdressing Health Industry Hospitality Industry Information Technology Laboratory Operations Lifts Industry Local Government Maritime Manufactured Mineral Products Metalliferous Mining Metal & Engineering Industry Music Museum, Library Information Services

Training Packages Now Available: 

Training Packages Now Available Sport industry Public Sector Off-Site Construction Plastics, Rubber & Cablemaking Printing & Graphic Arts Property Development & Management Public Safety Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industries Racing Industry Plumbing and Services Rural Production Retail Seafood Industry Sugar Milling Telecommunications Textiles, Clothing & Footwear Tourism Transport & Distribution Visual Arts, Craft and Design Wholesale Water Industry Outdoor Recreation Industry Australian Red Cross World Vision Humanitarian Relief Boral Qantas Kodak Australia Queensland Rail Civil Infrastructure

Benefits of Australian Apprenticeships: 

Benefits of Australian Apprenticeships Provides an ideal way to train / induct new people into an industry Offers flexibility in allowing the training to be tailored to meet industry requirements Introduces a new employee into the workplace who is keen to develop their skills, accepts their role as a Australian Apprentice and understands that on going training is beneficial to them and their employer Helps improve an individual’s career prospects and earning potential Helps to improve the productivity of workers and their contribution to the workplace Provides an industry based career path with nationally recognised qualifications from entry level through to Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels. Helps to prepare people to be flexible and adaptable to meet new work methods and changing technology

Who can be a Australian Apprentice?: 

Who can be a Australian Apprentice? Secondary school students - now have new opportunities to learn new vocational skills by participating in VET in Schools and Australian School-based Apprenticeships that deliver competencies and qualifications from Training Packages while they are still at school. School leavers - can move from school to work into an Australian Apprenticeship that delivers not just a nationally recognised qualification but a comprehensive industry career pathway via Training Package Qualifications. People seeking to change their career direction - or re enter the workforce can also use Australian Apprenticeships to gain industry qualifications that will provide them with access to industry career pathways. People already in the workforce - can use Australian Apprenticeships and Training Packages to gain qualifications for competencies they have already attained in the workforce. These qualifications will in turn give them access to industry career pathways.

Australian Apprenticeships – Employment Options: 

Australian Apprenticeships – Employment Options Australian Apprenticeships can be undertaken in a variety of ways. Apart from the most common being conducted on a full time basis, the following alternatives are also available in most cases: Part Time: must work a minimum of 15 hours per week, averaged over a four-week period and be rostered to work on a regular and continuous basis School-based allows students to study for their Senior Certificates and also undertake a nationally recognised qualification as paid employees students generally work 1 to 2 days per week and attend school on the remaining days. Or, alternatively, other arrangements such as working blocks during school holidays can be negotiated

Australian Apprenticeships: 

Australian Apprenticeships Most commonly asked questions by Employers………

What’s in it for Me ?: 

What’s in it for Me ? Australian Apprenticeships mean you (the employer) can train your own people. They help you train your staff so that they are familiar with your company, your work environment, your standards, your equipment and your customers. Australian Apprenticeships also give you the chance to provide an opportunity for a new worker to learn valuable skills as you teach them what you know. Taking on an Australian Apprentice involves: an opportunity to select new people who will become the future of your company an ideal way to train and induct new people into your business the opportunity to bring a new person into your business who will add the skills to help you adapt to new business trends Access to government funding and financial incentives assistance for those eligible improved customer service through having better trained staff Ensuring your industry skills are preserved and passed on for the future

What assistance is available ?: 

What assistance is available ? Support Australian Apprenticeships Centres and Group Training Organisations can provide you with information, help and support at all stages of the Australian Apprenticeships cycle, from recruiting an Australian Apprentice to receiving funding and incentives from government, to managing and completing an Australian Apprenticeship with your business. Funding and incentives Australian Apprenticeships attract both Commonwealth and State and Territory financial assistance for eligible employers to help reduce the cost of training. Wages An Australian Apprentice is usually paid a reduced training wage reflecting the time the employee spends in training.

What are my obligations as an employer ?: 

What are my obligations as an employer ? Employing an Australian Apprentice involves certain obligations beyond those you normally provide to employees such as a safe workplace. These obligations include: providing the Australian Apprentice with a suitable induction into your business providing the Australian Apprentice with training, supervision and relevant workplace instruction, and training time (including, where appropriate, time off to attend organised off the job training for their Australian Apprenticeship) meeting any specific work conditions for Australian Apprentices as outlined in your Award you must also sign a Training Contract…….

Financial Incentives to employ Australian Apprentices: 

Financial Incentives to employ Australian Apprentices The Commonwealth Government provides a range of employer incentives to encourage employers to offer the kinds of employment related training opportunities, that will encourage people, particularly young people, to acquire, complete and expand their working skills to commence an industry based career. For eligible employers, incentives currently start from $1,250 for a Certificate II traineeship. Eligible employers (or Australian Apprentices) may also receive one or more additional incentives for: Certificate III & IV and selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma Australian Apprenticeships - commencement ($1,500) & completion ($2,500) payments) Rural and Regional Skills Shortages Drought declared areas Mature Aged worker (45 years or more – special commencement and completion) Australian School Based Apprentices Australian Apprentices with a disability Innovation industries (including Aeroskills, Telecommunications, Laboratory Operations, Information Technology and Electrotechnology) Tools For Your Trade (from 1 July 2005) Commonwealth Trade learning Scholarships and Living Away from Home Allowances Mid career (adult over 30 years of age) apprentices (from 1 July 2007) Australian Apprenticeship Centres can provide up to date information on employer and Australian Apprentice eligibility for these and other incentives


New Incentives from 2007 Skills for the Future initiatives to support Australian Apprenticeships Support for Mid-career Apprentices From 1 July 2007, workers aged 30 years and over, who wish to upgrade their skills mid-career will attract new financial incentives to support their move from their current work to and apprenticeship at the Certificate III or IV level. The amount payable to eligible apprentices or employers will be $150 per week in the first year and $100 per week in the second year. Incentives for Higher Technical Skills From 1 January 2007 eligible employers will receive incentive payments of $1500 for each employee commencing a Diploma or Advanced Diploma program and $2500 when they complete. Fields for consideration will include electrical, gas, mining, oil drilling, automotive and aeronautical engineering. These incentives could be paid for employment-based training or where this is not available, for institution based training


New Incentives from 2007 Skills for the Future initiatives to support Australian Apprenticeships Business Skills Vouchers for Apprentices From 1 January 2007 vouchers valued at up to $500 will be available to apprentices to contribute towards the costs of accredited small business training. Apprentices who are undertaking an apprenticeship in the traditional trades will be eligible to apply for the voucher any time from the end of their second year until two years after completion

What is a Training Contract ?: 

What is a Training Contract ? A training contract is a legally binding contract signed by both the employer and their Australian Apprentice (if aged under 18 a parent/guardian must also sign), who agree to work and train together for a length of time. When you sign this document, both you and your Australian Apprentice agree to do certain things. You agree to provide the Australian Apprentice with employment and training (including arranging training with a registered training organisation) and your Australian Apprentice agrees to undertake training as a part of their normal duties. You will find full details of these obligations in the Conditions and Obligations section of the Training Contract. Ensure that you read and fully understand the information before signing - remember it is a legally binding contract!

How does training commence ?: 

How does training commence ? Before the end of the probation period, you must map out a training plan to make sure the apprentice or trainee learns their new skills. Working as part of a team, you, your Australian Apprentice and your chosen Registered Training Organisation will need to design the plan. This outlines the type of training to be undertaken and when and where this will be done. The training plan is to be completed and signed by all parties, with a copy of the document kept by all to ensure progress is maintained.

Is there a Training Package for my industry ?: 

Is there a Training Package for my industry ? Training Packages are now available in most industries and they provide a training framework that will give your Australian Apprentices the foundation skills and competencies required for them to embark on a career in your industry. Your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre can provide you with advice on the range of training package options available to meet your business needs. Remember …. training packages are not just about training workers they are about educating our workforce for the future!

Who’s Who ?: 

Who’s Who ? Australian Apprenticeship Centres (AACs) Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) Group Training Organisations (GTOs) The Job Network The State Training Authority (STA) - State Government Dept of Education, Science and Training (DEST) - Federal Government

Australian Apprenticeship Centres (AACs): 

Australian Apprenticeship Centres (AACs) Australian Apprenticeship Centres were established in 1998 as part of the new employment services market. They are contracted by the Commonwealth Government to provide a free service to: give advice on the selection of an appropriate Training Package give information and advice on selecting an appropriate Registered Training Organisation give advice on employer and Australian Apprentice rights, responsibilities and obligations help to complete and register the training agreement give advice on the Commonwealth and State Government incentives available and assist in lodging claims if eligible. Assist with the recruitment of Australian Apprentices For more information contact the: Australian Apprenticeships Information Line 13 38 73

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs): 

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) Government has registered some training organisations to provide training for Australian Apprentices. An RTO will help you train your Australian Apprentice in a way and at a time to suit the needs of your workplace. This includes: working with you and your Australian Apprentice to make sure you both understand the requirements of the Training Package you have selected conducting and validating competency assessments provide advice to Australian Apprentices on fees and charges design a training plan, including what training needs to occur and options on how and when it can take place provide your Australian Apprentice with a training record and any materials essential for their training train your Australian Apprentice and assist in ensuring that training is completed on time visit the workplace to check the progress of training and organise additional learning support if required

Group Training Organisations (GTOs): 

Group Training Organisations (GTOs) Group Training Organisations employ Australian Apprentices and hire them out to different businesses on a short or long-term basis. This is ideal for business to employ for peak workloads and seasonal variations. Group Training Organisations offer businesses: carefully selected Australian Apprentices, without the worries of long-term employment contracts they screen and recruit potential Australian Apprentices handle administration matters such as wages, superannuation and payroll tax explain the obligations of the employer and the Australian Apprentice

The Job Network : 

The Job Network The Job Network is contracted by the Federal Government and is made up of private, community and government organisations offering services to help employers recruit staff and unemployed people to find jobs. Their services include: Job Matching - gathering employer’s vacancies and matching job seekers to the requirements specified by employers Job Search Assistance - providing training in job search techniques to prepare the unemployed for the labour market Intensive Assistance - individually tailored help to get long term unemployed people, and those at risk of long term unemployment, into jobs

Training Authority- Department – State Government: 

Training Authority- Department – State Government The State Training Authority has the responsibility for regulation of Australian Apprenticeships. They also approve Registered Training Organisations and monitor the quality of training they deliver. They also provide advice on: Employment and legislative obligations applying in their jurisdictions, and issues related to the Training Agreement lists of approved government funded Registered Training Organisations contracted to deliver your training the rights and obligations of the employer and the Australian Apprentice and approve early completions of a Australian Apprenticeship accessing travel and accommodation subsidies for your Australian Apprentice wages and allowances for Australian Apprentices approval of variations to Training Agreements including suspensions and cancellations Provision of assistance from Field Officers in resolving problems between employers and Australian Apprentices

Dept of Education, Science and Training (DEST): 

Dept of Education, Science and Training (DEST) DEST can provide advice and assistance via: State Contract Manager the DEST website the Australian Apprenticeships website the Australian Apprenticeships Information Line – 13 38 73 the Australian Apprenticeships Complaints Line - 1300 367 847 National Code of Good Practice for Australian Apprenticeships Monitoring of Conflict of Interest Conduct of the National Industry Strategies programme Support of the AAC Information Service

Useful Web Sites: 

Useful Web Sites


DEST AACs DEST INDUSTRY State/Territory Ministers Department Education Science and Training (DEST) Contracts Australian Apprenticeships Centres Funds Commonwealth Employer Incentives Funds Information Services DEST Administers Programs and Training Funds Take industry advice from and fund ISCs to develop Training Packages Australian Recognition Committee approves Training Packages State and Territory Training Authorities Administer the State Training System Approve and Fund Registered Training Organisations Monitor and Approve Training Agreements Monitor Quality of the system Receive industry advice from State ITAB’s Monitor workplace arrangements Liaison with AACs on registration and training arrangements for Australian Apprenticeships Employers and Australian Apprentices Employers employ Australian Apprentices, provide them with on-the-job training & appropriate off-the-job structured training delivered by their Registered Training Organisations Australian Apprenticeships Centres Provide advice and assistance to employers, Australian Apprentices with training arrangements, training agreements and government financial assistance under the Australian Apprenticeships system Registered Training Organisations Deliver training, assess competencies and issue nationally recognised qualifications to Australian Apprentices. State registered Training Organisations include public and private training providers and individual companies State/Territory Industry Advisers (includes state ITABs where they exist) Advise State/Territory Government on industry training demand & training priorities National Industry Skills Councils Develop Training Packages and training support materials Advise DEST on industry demand and training priorities NOTE The arrows indicate relationships between the VET players – not lines of reporting The National VET System at a Glance

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