What is an apprenticeship/traineeship?
A traineeship or apprenticeship combines paid work and training, which leads to a qualification that will be recognised throughout Australia. It will usually take between one and four years to complete. In South Australia, the formal agreement between an employer and trainee/apprentice is called a training contract. Whether you are entering the workforce for the first time or changing career, a traineeship or apprenticeship will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work in your chosen trade or occupation.
Benefits of being an apprentice/trainee?
- be paid while you train
- be employed while you learn
- gain skills and knowledge to work in your chosen trade or occupation
- gain a nationally recognised qualification
- get assistance with your training fees, if you are eligible
Benefits of employing an apprentice/trainee?
- Have a trained and qualified professional for a long-term base;
- The apprentice does not need to pay for the training as they will be eligible for WorkReady subsidised training;
- The employer also has incentives that can be to up to $8000 per apprentice;
- Their training with Salford College is very flexible as we work towards both the employer’s and employee’s best interests. Students can undertake either block training or have on job assessments, among other flexible options;
- Elective units can be tailored to suit their job.
How is the training?
The employer and the apprentice are required to negotiate a Training Plan with the nominated Registered Training Organisation (RTO), like Salford College. The Training Plan will cover all the units of competency that make up the qualification you are working towards. Together you can choose:
- elective units of competency and the order in which the units of competency are undertaken
- the timing, location and method of training delivery, which may be customised to suit individual workplace arrangements.
The employer and Salford College will be responsible for delivering your training. In most cases, this will involve:
- structured training off the job (negotiated with each employer and employee to suit best their work needs)
- practical on the job training (by your workplace supervisor or another qualified, experienced worker).
How long will it take to finish?
It depends on the type of traineeship or apprenticeship. Generally, a traineeship undertaken on a full-time basis will take between one and two years to complete, and an apprenticeship undertaken on a full-time basis will take between three and four years. However, you may complete as soon as you have achieved your qualification, and your employer and you agree that you are competent in all aspects of your traineeship or apprenticeship.
Are part-time traineeships or apprenticeships available?
Yes, part-time, full-time and school based apprenticeships are available to undertake these courses.
Can I transfer my trainig provider?
Yes, the training provider can be changed at any time. The RTO must be a Work Ready Provider in order to deliver the training for an apprentice/trainee. For more information on how to change the training provider visit the WorkReady Website or contact us directly.
What financial supports or incentives are available?
A variety of financial supports or incentives may be available to you or your employer. The level and type of support will depend on your personal situation. Your Apprenticeship Network Provider can advise you about supports or incentives that you are eligible for.
Who is involved?
The key players in a traineeship or apprenticeship are you, as a trainee or apprentice, and your employer. Other players include:
Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services (TAS) – This is the authority in matters relating to the administration of traineeships and apprenticeships in South Australia. TAS registers employers, approves contracts and changes to contracts, and provides advice, amongst other services.
Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANPs) – Assist employers and prospective trainees/apprentices to sign a training contract for a traineeship or apprenticeship.
Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) – Will train you in your chosen occupation and/or assess your skills and knowledge during your traineeship or apprenticeship. If you successfully complete your traineeship or apprenticeship, the RTO will issue the national qualification you have achieved.
Your parent or guardian – Will be required to sign your training contract if you are under 18 years of age at the time you start your traineeship or apprenticeship.