Sometimes apprentices and trainees may encounter difficult situations, as will any employee. There may be issues involving alcohol or drugs, for example, or issues in the employee's personal life. Sometimes these issues may be the cause of issues at work such as poor attendance or poor performance, or problems with workmates.
There are often established ways to deal with these issues in workplaces and they should be considered in the same way as for other employees. For apprentices and trainees, there is also the option of discussing problems with service provider or government field officers or external mentors. RTOs may also provide support services for apprentices and trainees training with them.
Some apprentices will have financial concerns, especially if they are living independently. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has established a website called Money Smart that provides useful and understandable financial information for all Australians. It includes teaching resources designed for apprenticeship and traineeship teachers which may be useful.
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