Every Australian Apprentice must be signed up into a formal training contract shortly after they are employed. This ensures that all parties are aware of their responsibilities and understand what it means to commence an Australian Apprenticeship.
Once signed up, the employer can then pay apprentice or trainee wages, and the Australian Apprentice can be enrolled into the appropriate course with a training provider.
To organise a sign up, the employer will need to contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider, also known as an Apprenticeship Network Provider. These are free services funded by the Australian Government to help out with Australian Apprenticeships.
The AASN provider will give the apprentice or trainee and employer some information about how to make sure the Australian Apprenticeship works for everyone. They will also help with applications for incentives or allowances. During the apprenticeship or traineeship, the AASN provider is your first point of contact for any support needed.