When you take on an apprentice you must establish a formal Training Agreement. This agreement includes an obligation to provide adequate and quality training to your apprentice and is registered with your state or territory training authority and specifies the qualification to be achieved.
The apprentice will undertake a nationally recognised qualification at a Certificate III level in a specific trade area involving 4 stages through which the apprentice needs to work and gain competence. Whilst the apprenticeship can take up to 3 or 4 years, progression through the stages is based on competency, so the apprentice may complete the qualification over a shorter time frame in a way that meets the needs of the employer and apprentice.
You can negotiate the timing, location and mode of delivery and sequencing of units of competence, as well as the trainer that conducts assessments.
The way your apprentice is trained has an important bearing on their development as an effective worker in your business. The time your apprentice spends with your business in the workplace is an integral component of their learning. It allows theory they learn at TAFE to be applied and for work based learning to occur.
The choice of training provider, private or public, is up to you.
Broader workforce development support through Ai Group
Ai Group offers a broader Workforce Development service for businesses working through the development needs of their whole workforce. We can assist in identifying the needs of your people that are linked to business goals, culture and improvements.
Short courses, skill sets and qualifications can all be customised to meet your business needs, and cover areas such as:
- leadership and management;
- employee relations;
- work health and safety;
- warehousing and logistics; and
- training and assessment.