Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Victoria

What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Apprenticeships or traineeships are formal training arrangements between an employer and an employee. Sometimes this also involves a host employer.

An apprentice and trainee combines work and study to get a qualification, certificate or diploma. An apprenticeship or traineeship can be full-time, part-time, school-based apprenticeships or school-based traineeships and can be undertaken by anyone who’s old enough to work.

An employee is classed as an apprentice or trainee if their training is registered and recognised by the relevant state or territory training authority or done under a relevant law. The state and territory training authorities determine which qualifications are apprenticeships and which are traineeships in each state or territory.

What steps are involved in employing an apprentice or trainee?

Before an employee can start an apprenticeship job or a traineeship job, the employer (Victorian Group Training) and the employee need to register the training with the relevant state or territory training authority. This is also known as signing up.

The arrangement is a contract between yourself as the host employer, the group training organisation (VGTC) and the employee.

Victorian Group Training can assist you in finding a suitable employee to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in your business. This might include trial periods before an official sign up occurs.

Victorian Group Training takes the following steps once a suitable employee has been found:

Step 1: Contact Australian Apprenticeships Centre

Victorian Group Training will contact the Australian Apprenticeships Centre (AAC) to have the training contract registered, prior to any apprenticeships or traineeships starting.

Step 2: Find a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

Victorian Group Training will contact a Registered Training Organisations (RTO), otherwise known as trade school, that delivers the relevant qualification. They will assist you with preparing and delivering a training plan for the apprenticeship or traineeship. RTOs provide training that is nationally recognised and range from privately run companies to industry and professional associations.

The chosen RTO will provide assistance on a range of matters such as:

  • advising and supporting the apprentice or trainee to succeed in their chosen apprenticeship or traineeship
  • assessing the apprentice or trainee’s achievement of skills
  • issuing a qualification on successful completion of the training.

You can choose from a range of RTOs and Victorian Group Training in Geelong and Colac can help advise you on the best one for you and your apprentice or trainee.

Step 3: Fill in the required paperwork

Victorian Group Training will assist you with filling in and lodging the required paperwork.  This includes internal paperwork,  RTO enrolment forms, the training contract etc.

Step 4: Employee starts working

Victorian Group Training will assist and support both you and your apprentice or trainee throughout the apprenticeship or traineeship.

Contact Victorian Group Training in Colac or Geelong to find out more.