Apprentices and trainees gain valuable experience and training on-the-job with their employer while also completing formal training towards a nationally recognised qualification with a Registered Training Organisation.
Apprenticeships and traineeships are competency based. Competency-based training is a combination of formal learning and workplace training which gives you the ability to apply skills and knowledge, even in new situations and environments.
Competency-based training has been designed to be broken down into smaller pieces, called units, which add up to a full qualification. Each unit has a practical and theoretical component, so once you have demonstrated the ability to perform the tasks and duties that are required it may be possible to complete the training sooner.
Qualifications can be customised to meet the needs of the employer, which enables the training to develop productive employees with expertise that can be applied in the workplace.
How this all works comes out of discussions between the employer, employee and the training provider. From these discussions a training plan is produced to provide a flexible learning approach which fits with the needs of the employer and employee.
Flexible learning can expand choice about what, when, where and how people learn. It is based on the needs of the learner and could cover a range of training delivery styles including classroom-based learning, e-learning, distance education, mixed-mode delivery, online learning, self-paced and self-directed learning.