When an employee is 'signed up' into an apprenticeship or traineeship, both the employer and employee sign a training contract or training agreement. This is a different document to the training plan, which outlines the training to be provided.
The training contract is a legally binding agreement between the employer and the apprentice or trainee. It protects both the employer’s and employee's interests and outlines each party’s obligations, including the training and supervision that must be provided.
Each party receives a copy of the contract. It is important to keep this copy for the duration of the Australian Apprenticeship. Here's a tip for people who think it's unlikely that they will remember where they filed a piece of paper perhaps up to four years ago: take a picture of it and back the file up somewhere handy.
The contract will cover: the qualification to be undertaken; an estimate of how long it will take to complete; the number of hours in training and employment provided each week; each party’s obligations to each other; what to do if there is a problem; and the off-the-job and on-the-job training arrangements.
Once completed, the training contract will be lodged with an Apprenticeship Network provider and approved by the State or Territory Training Authority. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government and operate across Australia.