What does taking on an apprentice cost me?
As an employer, you are obliged to pay wages according to the relevant industry award, including overtime; and to allow time for your apprentice to attend training and assessment.
What do I have to provide an apprentice?
Before the apprenticeship begins, you, the training provider and your apprentice will formulate a Training Plan. A Training Plan allows all parties to choose the most appropriate units of competency for the workplace, and also provides target dates for off-the-job training and assessment. It provides a benchmark for progress and the measurement of the apprentice's achievements.
You also must provide your apprentice with every opportunity to learn and use skills associated with your industry.
What is involved in off-the-job training?
Off-the-job training is provided to your apprentice to assist them in gaining competencies that they are unable to gain on-farm. Apprentices will spend two to three weeks out of a 12 month period away at training courses, which are planned to suit you as an employer and usually held during quieter periods of the year. You are required to continue to pay the apprentice's wages while they are at training.
Do I need to be a certified trainer and assessor?
No. RTOs will have certified trainers and assessors who will conduct training and assessment and sign-off on your apprentice's competencies.
Why can't apprentices just go to an agricultural college?
Agricultural colleges generally provide a full-time study environment where students are enrolled in a course and complete periods of on-the-job training at a property. However, apprenticeships are run through an RTO and apprentices learn while on-the-job. While attending college suits some students, others prefer to learn through an apprenticeship.
What do apprentices learn and study while undertaking their apprenticeship?
Below are some examples of coursework units that apprentices completing a Cert. II would undertake either on-farm or during off-the-job training:
• Work effectively in the industry
• Handle livestock using basic techniques
• Operate two wheel motorbikes
• Undertake operational maintenance of machinery
• Fabricate and repair metal or plastic structures