Apprenticeships and Traineeships can be for anyone. As such, apprentices and trainees do not need prior work experience. During the apprenticeship, the staff member will be learning the role and working towards the completion of a qualification. The employer will ensure that they are gaining relevant experience and have responsibilities. The duration of an apprenticeship or traineeship will often range from one to two years, depending on the qualification, and employment status. A training contract governs an apprenticeship or traineeship. This contract is a legally binding agreement between the apprentice or trainee and the employer.
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Utilise Apprentices and Trainees for the skills you need now, and into the future. It is an excellent way of identifying talent as your team members develop their skills, allowing you to plan your workforce and upskill potential future leaders who are already part of your business.
While apprentices and trainees must be paid wages, these rates are less than the qualified staff. Financial incentives, offered by the Government, also make apprenticeships and traineeships a cost-effective hiring solution.
The Australian Government provides significant incentives to employers, subject to eligibility criteria, waiting periods and time limits. Incentives vary, depending on eligibility and may also include exemption from Payroll Tax & Workers Compensation.
Staff can choose to complete either a Traineeship with a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or an Apprenticeship with a CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
What are the Employer responsibilities?
Taking on a trainee or apprentice is greatly beneficial for employers but also a big commitment. There are several employer responsibilities and requirements that they need to abide by. These can include but are not limited to the following:
What does an AASN do?
The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) is your first point of contact for all queries about traineeships and apprenticeships. The Australian Government contracts Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Providers as the first point of contact to provide information and advice to support employers, apprentices, and trainees.
The sign up and registration of a traineeship or apprenticeship via the training contract is facilitated by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider. AASN’s also assist with the following:
How do I find a trainee or an apprentice?
It is important to think about who you take on as a trainee or apprentice as finding the right person is crucial to a positive outcome for the trainee/apprentice and employer.
There are several ways in which you could find a trainee or apprentice:
What are the types of apprenticeships and traineeships?
Apprentices and trainees work towards the completion of a nationally recognised qualification while learning valuable skills at work and under the guidance of a training organisation.
Are there any fees associated with a traineeship or apprenticeship?
A student contribution fee is to be charged to all full and part-time apprentices and trainees. A student may be eligible for a partial exemption of the contribution fee. The Student Contribution Fee is calculated at $1.60 per nominal hour for each Unit of Competency delivered for the qualification and therefore vary depending on the qualification and electives chosen. The Student Contribution Fee may be paid on behalf of the student by their employer or a third party.
How many traineeships or apprenticeships can my staff do?
Apprentices and trainees can only receive a maximum of two Government funding contributions under the current User Choice program. In addition, apprentices and trainees can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time.
What qualification can my staff do as a traineeship or apprenticeship?
Under the funding model of the User Choice Program, students can study the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as a traineeship or the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care as an apprenticeship.
Are there any contribution fees associated for someone under 25?
The Queensland Government is offering fully subsidised training under the Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s program, which means it will cover the cost of training for apprentices and trainees under the age of 25. Under this initiative, the Queensland Government pays the training provider for the full cost of the nationally recognised qualification that the apprentice or trainee will undertake. This means there is no cost to the student or the employer!
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