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    What is the difference between an apprenticeship and traineeship?

    Australian apprenticeships and traineeships are competency-based, which means completion can occur at any stage as long as all parties agree that the required skills (competencies) have been achieved.听

    • Apprenticeships: generally听take听between three to four years to complete depending on the qualification and are available in trade areas such as building and construction, commercial cookery, automotive, engineering, manufacturing and more听

    • Traineeships: generally听take听one to two years to complete depending on the qualification and are available in services areas such as business, retail, community health, childcare, hair and beauty, financial services and more听

    Most apprenticeships last four years while traineeships are shorter with one or two years needed.听

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    What is a Training Contract?

    Before an apprentice or trainee starts, the employer and apprentice or trainee enter into a Commonwealth Government Training Contract which clearly outlines each party鈥檚 responsibilities and entitlements. Each state has a different outline of the Training Contract, but you normally have 14 days to contact an Apprentice Connect Provider, like 黑料不打烊, to initiate the signing and registration of the contract.听听

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    黑料不打烊 is an Apprentice Connect Provider contracted by the Australian Government to provide Australian Apprenticeship Support Services in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory.

    You can't start an apprenticeship or hire an apprentice without an Apprentice Connect Provider. 黑料不打烊 will help handle tasks such as finalising your training contract, and finding the right Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and guide you to understand which incentives you could claim.听听

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    What financial support is available to apprentices and trainees?

    The Australian Government offers financial support to eligible apprentices and trainees to help with costs associated with completing their qualification. 黑料不打烊 will check your eligibility for potential government financial incentives when you sign up for an apprentice or traineeship. For more information, visit our guide to incentives.

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    How does training work?听

    As an apprentice, you'll typically attend TAFE or a private training organisation one day a week or in week-long blocks, with your schedule agreed upon with your employer and RTO.

    Your employer is required to provide paid time for your training, which is included in your ordinary hours of work (38 hours). If you're unable to attend training, you won't receive pay for that time (unless you're on sick leave or another approved leave).

    Trainees, on the other hand, typically complete coursework on the job with regular visits from their trainers and assessors.听

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    Who pays for training fees and materials?

    When undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, your employer is typically required to reimburse you for certain fees and costs related to your training. This may include fees charged by the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and the cost of prescribed textbooks.听听

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    Can I receive recognition of previous skills or experience?

    You can receive prior learning credits from past jobs, training, or experiences. You can access this through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessments conducted by your RTO at the time of enrolment. RTOs also conduct Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) assessments for apprentices who have already completed some formal training in the relevant field.听

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    Can I change my employer during my apprenticeship/traineeship?

    If you're considering a change in employers during your apprenticeship or traineeship, here are the key steps to follow:听

    Cancel the original Training Contract: Complete a cancellation form with your current employer to cancel the original Training Contract. You and your employer must agree to the cancellation, and if you're under 18, your parent or guardian must also agree.听

    Sign a new Training Contract: Once the original contract is cancelled, sign a new Training Contract with your new employer.听

    Complete a new probation period: You'll need to complete a new probation period with your new employer.听

    Develop a new Training Plan: Work with your new employer to develop a new Training Plan.听

    Update your training record: Your new Registered Training Organisation (RTO) may be able to grant you credit or recognition for the work and training you've already completed. Make sure your training record is up to date.听

    Request an extract of service: You can request an official document from the relevant State Training Authority, confirming your apprenticeship or traineeship occupation and time served. A charge may apply for this service.听