Building the skills capacity of business
Developing the capability for a business to grow is an important consideration for employers. Employing an apprentice or trainee is an effective way to help meet the demands of the business and increase production.
Australian Apprenticeships are employment based and cover hundreds of occupations across 50 industries. Employment can be full-time or part-time, but they must be permanent positions.
Some skilled occupations take years to learn and can only be learnt through apprenticeships. Examples of these include electricians, plumbers, carpenters, chefs, motor mechanics and maintenance fitters. Traineeships generally take a shorter period and operate in different industry areas.
Qualifications that have been developed through consultation with industry are the basis of an apprenticeship or traineeship. Assessment is based on an employee demonstrating the skill required.
As an employer you are required to provide practical experience by adapting the learning to your own workplace practices. This involves an active approach and attention to an apprentice’s progress through training. Each apprentice or trainee must undertake formal training during work time. This may be at a training organisation or at your work place. Time for training is paid as work time.
Often your apprentice will receive additional external support to complete their training, making an apprenticeship a cost-effective way of training staff.