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Ask our specialist – Traineeships and Apprenticeships tips and traps.

Ask the specialistJuly 3, 2017

Ask our specialist – Traineeships and Apprenticeships tips and traps. (Last Updated On: July 18, 2017)

Traineeships and apprenticeships are formal arrangements between an employer, an employee and a registered training organisation (RTO), which upskill the employee. These arrangements can be difficult to manage; however, the tips below can help clear up some common pitfalls experienced by employers.

What is a traineeship or apprenticeship?

Traineeships provide employees with a certificate qualification in a specific industry. Common examples include office work, childcare, and IT. A traineeship will generally take one to two years; however, this depends on the individual completing the training and the content of the training itself.

Who can be a trainee or apprentice?

Full-time or part-time employees can all be a trainee. Traineeships can be signed as part of starting a new job with a new employer, or a current employer can suggest starting a qualification as a way of upskilling.

Trainee and apprentice pay rates.

The rate of pay for trainees is outlined in the National Training Wage Schedule. Although, those employees starting a traineeship covered by a registered agreement should check the agreement for the correct rates of pay. Importantly, employees can only be paid trainee rates of pay if they have signed a formal contract of training with their employer and an RTO.

Are trainees and apprentices paid while at training?

Where trainees attend formal training provided by the RTO they are entitled to be paid, unless they are either a school based trainee or a part-time trainee whose entire training is provided off the job.

For advice and support prior to starting a traineeship or apprenticeship for an employee, contact Employsure on 1300 651 415.

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