Employing an Apprentice

Workplace supervisors play a central role in the success of apprenticeship and traineeship programs

This series of clips features TV’s Scott Cam, and will help you as a supervisor of an apprentice or trainee to

– understand your role as a workplace coach and mentor;
– asssist your apprentice or trainee to become independent; and
– develop your apprentice or trainee as a valued member of your workforce

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Well trained and effective employees are more important than ever for business success. Having a team with the right skills allows businesses to meet the challenges of competition, growth and innovation. Whether the organisation decides to extend the skills of existing staff or to recruit new employees, the business will benefit from
apprenticeship and traineeship programs.

Effective recruitment and ongoing support of apprentices and trainees, through to the successful completion of their training, ensures a pool of skilled workers is available to meet the business challenges of the future. Workplace supervisors play a central role in the success of apprenticeships and traineeships. Recent studies show that the main reasons given by learners in their decision to leave or stay with training arrangements are to do with:
• the extent to which their choice of apprenticeship or traineeship meets their expectations
• the extent to which the quality of the training received compensates for lower training wages
• general workplace conditions and effective workplace relationships
• the extent to which they feel supported as learners in the workplace

Whichever formal training pathway is chosen, the employer must release the apprentice or trainee during paid work time to undertake their formal training and assessment. The Training Plan documents this employer obligation.
Training wages for new entrant trainees and apprentices have been designed to account for the time the apprentice or trainee spends undertaking training and assessment. However, you may pay your apprentice or trainee above
the training wage or award wage as you would with any other employee. Existing worker trainees retain the wages and employment conditions they had prior to commencing the traineeship.

While apprenticeship and traineeship Training Contracts have a nominal duration assigned at their commencement, the date of completion is flexible. Competency based completion (CBC) can occur when the employer and the apprentice or trainee agree that they are competent, and the RTO has issued the national qualification