Australian Apprenticeships combine practical work with structured learning and lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Australian Apprenticeships include both apprenticeships and traineeships and can be full-time, part-time or school-based. Australian Apprenticeships can be undertaken by both new and existing workers.
Australian Apprenticeships also provide a range of benefits for businesses. Group training organisations are able to arrange for you to share an Australian Apprentice with another business if you don’t have enough work for an ongoing or full-time position.
You can also engage an Australian Apprentice part-time while he or she is still at school. For more information about Australian School-based Apprenticeships refer to the Australian Apprenticeships website.
Some of the benefits of employing an Australian Apprentice include:
An Australian Apprentice is generally paid an apprentice or trainee wage under an award because they spend time in training, however, in some cases an Australian Apprentice can be paid above the award wage.
Wages for Australian Apprentices vary based on:
Australian Apprentices are generally treated the same as any other employee in terms of superannuation, workers compensation and any other entitlements or requirements.
For more information about Australian Apprentice workplace rights refer to the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
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Only employers whose workplace address is in the ACT can enter into an ACT Australian Apprenticeship training contract.
An employer can enter into an ACT training contract where the Australian Apprentice:
This can be done through a group training organisation, an apprenticeship network provider, the Jobactive website, and other job websites, your usual company selection processes, or other sources.
Commence employment of your selected Australian Apprentice.
Call the ANP to help you complete a training contract, assist in the selection of an appropriate qualification for your Australian Apprentice and nominate a registered training organisation to deliver the training. As at 1 February 2020 there is one ANP servicing the ACT:
The training contract may commence on the same day that employment commences or may commence at a later date.
Australian Apprentices who have been employed less than 3 months full-time or 12 months part-time or casual equivalent when signing a training contract are classified as new workers (those employed longer than this are classified as existing workers). New and existing workers can attract different levels of funding so it is important to finalise a training contract quickly for the new employee. Contact your ANP for further information.
Lodge the training contract for approval within 28 days of the nominated commencement date on the training contract through your ANP and ensure you keep a copy.
Negotiate and sign a training plan with the registered training organisation (RTO) you have selected to provide the training for your apprentice.
To find a RTO or nationally recognised course, training package and qualification refer to the ACT Qualifications Register. More detail on specific qualifications, including units of competency, can be found at training.gov.au.
Organise and continuously take part in the workplace component of the structured training for your apprentice through to completion of the qualification. This ensures assessment and validation of competence in the workplace.
Apprenticeship Network providers (ANPs) are contracted by the Australian Government to provide one-stop shops for people wanting to take up an Australian Apprenticeship career path and for employers seeking to hire Australian Apprentices.
ANPs have targeted services that provide advice and support to Australian Apprentices and employers who need additional assistance prior to contract sign-up and during training. Employers, schools, registered training organisations, Australian Apprentices and trainees can receive assistance from their ANP about the Australian Apprenticeship system.
As at 1 February 2020, the ACT has one provider that exclusively services Australian Apprentices and employers. The provider is Sarina Russo Apprenticeships.
For more information about ANPs refer to the Australian Apprenticeships website.
Group training organisations (GTOs) support the Australian Apprenticeship system by providing employment for Australian Apprentices. GTOs employ Australian Apprentices under a training contract and place them with host employers.
An Australian Apprentice may move from one host employer to another throughout the term of their training contract. This ensures continuity of employment and enhanced quality and range of training experience for the apprentice, and also provides benefits for businesses that may otherwise be unable to employ an apprentice.
All ACT employers that seek to identify as a GTO must be registered in the ACT.
Registered GTOs are able to:
GTOs must demonstrate compliance with the National Standards for Group Training Organisations which then allows the GTO to be listed on the GTO National Register and use the GTO National Standards and branding.