Expectations and responsibilities
There are expectations and responsibilities of the RTO, employer, and apprentice or trainee when it comes to formal training.
The employer needs to allow the Australian Apprentice time to attend their formal qualification with the RTO, and may need to pay for aspects of the training. The apprentice or trainee needs to attend their training, progress in a satisfactory manner, and maintain their training records.
The National Code of Good Practice for Australian Apprenticeships covers the obligations of the employer and apprentice or trainee.
The RTO needs to comply with government legislation, which outlines things such as the quality and content of training, and the behaviour of the RTO. If you have any concerns or questions about the training you should discuss these with the RTO, or with the State or Territory Training Authority.
Formal training towards a qualification
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.
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, State and Territory Governments may register 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 across Australia as they are delivering qualifications that are endorsed Australia-wide.
Choosing an RTO
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 part way through the Australian Apprenticeship 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.
About the training plan
A training plan contains the detail of what the apprentice or trainee will cover in their training. This includes the units of competency, when they will be delivered, and where the training and assessment will take place.
Most qualifications include the choice of elective units which are used to ensure the training best meets the needs of the employer and employee. Training plans are flexible and can be revisited at a later date should needs change and to ensure that it remains relevant. Any changes will need to be made in consultation with the RTO, employer and apprentice or trainee.