To register an apprenticeship or traineeship, the potential apprentice or trainee and their employer must complete and sign a training contract, which is a legally binding document.
Training plan and record
Apprenticeships and traineeships allow an individual to gain necessary skills and knowledge for the job they wish to do, while working towards a nationally recognised qualification.
Once the apprenticeship or traineeship has been registered, you and your apprentice or trainee will work with your chosen training organisation to develop a training plan. This plan will outline what training is required and where and when it will occur. Training may take place on-the-job (in the workplace) or off-the-job (outside of the apprentice or trainee's normal work duties).
Read the ATIS-040 Training plan and training record information sheet.
Tips for training your apprentice or trainee
Employers may find the following tips useful when training their apprentices or trainees:
- Assign a workplace coach or mentor to your apprentice or trainee. A good workplace coach will take a personal interest in their development by:
- creating a communication channel and developing a rapport
- providing feedback
- completing progress reports
- acting as a good role model.
- Make it clear to the apprentice or trainee what they need to learn by:
- assuming that the apprentice or trainee has no prior knowledge
- using clear and simple language (write the instructions down if necessary), including safe work practices in your instructions
- asking questions to check for understanding
- ensuring that there are no distractions.
- Take time to explain why and demonstrate how a job or task is done a certain way. Allow the apprentice or trainee time to practice the skills they learn.
- Provide the apprentice or trainee with regular feedback and ask for feedback about the training they are receiving at work and from their training organisation.
- Identify and resolve problems before they affect work performance and working relationships. Seek assistance if you can't resolve the problems on your own.
- Ensure that you, the apprentice or trainee and the training organisation follow the training plan and review and complete the training record regularly and accurately.