Who delivers the training?
Formal training is conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), which goes through an endorsement process and regular audits. There are public and private RTOs.
Public RTOs are usually TAFE colleges or other state funded organisations such as community education centres, schools and dual-sector universities. Private RTOs can be for profit or not-for-profit organisations. Some large companies set up their own enterprise RTO focused on training within their organisation. Some industries set up their own Industry RTO and some Group Training Organisations are also private RTOs.
Whatever the type of RTO, they are all subject to the same quality standards and audit process.
RTOs may focus on a single industry or a range of industries. They can develop and offer a variety of training delivery methods.
States and Territories determine the qualifications that will receive public funding support when delivered as Australian Apprenticeships. Additionally, each State and Territory government registers RTOs that can train apprentices and trainees in specific qualifications.
If an RTO is accredited to deliver a qualification, its training and assessment will be recognised by every other RTO in Australia as they are delivering qualifications that are endorsed Australia-wide.
When deciding which RTO to select, employers should consider reputation, flexibility about the content of the training and how it is delivered, location and associated costs. It is important to remember that the employer is the customer in this relationship. If an RTO is not able to meet an employer's requirements they are welcome to look around for alternative RTOs.
Employers can change RTOs midstream if needed. Apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications are nationally portable, meaning any other RTO in the country that offers the qualification will recognise the training that has already taken place, enabling future training to build on past achievements.
The apprentice or trainee will need to enrol with the RTO for formal training, which will occur soon after signing of the training contract. The RTO will construct a training plan with the employer and employee that will outline what aspects of the training are delivered by the RTO and what aspects the employer will need to focus on in the workplace.
There will probably be an enrolment fee connected to the Australian Apprenticeship training. Some awards stipulate that this is the responsibility of the employer, and there may also be State or Territory based policies relating to fees. It's important to check employer responsibilities in this area either with an RTO or Fair Work.