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Congratulations on starting your Australian Apprenticeship

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships - Information Kit

As your first point of contact, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships provides you with personalised advice and support services from pre-commencement to completion.

 

Services include:

    • Explaining what an Apprenticeship offers you and how it works;
    • Helping you complete the Training Contract with your employer;
    • Processing any payments due to you; and
    • Having regular contact with you, especially when you need extra support to help complete your apprenticeship.

 

Call us on 1300 178 776 if you have any questions

GETTING YOUR APPRENTICESHIP STARTED

If you are under 18, one of your parents or a legal guardian will also be required to sign your Training Contract.  It is easier for you, and your employer, for you to bring your parent or guardian to the sign-up appointment.  Otherwise we will need to make arrangements for another appointment BEFORE the Training Contract can proceed.

In providing Australia Apprenticeship Support Network Services to you, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships collects personal and sensitive information provided by You for the purposes of providing you with appropriate services and assistance.


Sarina Russo Apprenticeships is committed to complying with the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles (“the Act”). Your Information will only be disclosed in accordance with this Act.

 

Click here for more information.

Get a career head start with a School Based Apprenticeship

 

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT) lets you:

    • Work as a paid employee,
    • Train on the job, and
    • Complete your Year 10, 11 or 12 studies and work towards a nationally recognised qualification.

 

Advantages of a school-based apprentice:

    • Transition from school straight into work
    • Shape your future with real work-life skills, knowledge and confidence

 

How to get started

    • Talk to your school’s Careers Advisor or Guidance Counsellor.
    • Contact Sarina Russo for career advice, resume preparation, interview skills, employer links and sign-up support.
    • Once you’ve started Sarina Russo helps you stay on track with the right mentoring and support.

 

Frequently asked questions

A representative of Sarina Russo Apprenticeships will meet with you to complete a Training Contract. This most likely will be at your workplace but could also be at one of our offices.

 

At the sign-up Sarina Russo Apprenticeships will need to verify your identification. Please bring ONE form of photo identification or TWO forms of other identification (such as a birth certificate, Medicare card or bank card).

 

You must also bring with you your Unique Student Identifier.

Your Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number that creates an online record of your training and qualifications attained in Australia.

 

The USI is part of a Council of Australian Governments initiative to improve the collection of nationally recognised training data.

 

You need a USI in order to receive your qualification or statement of attainment.

 

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships must record your USI as part of the apprenticeship sign-up process, or within 3 months of you commencing your Australian Apprenticeship.

For further information, including how find or create an USI, please read the fact sheet available here.

Once the Training Contract is completed, and signed by all parties, it is submitted to the Sarina Russo Apprenticeships admin team for processing.

 

At the same time, you will receive an email with a copy of the Training Contract attached from noreply@industry.gov.au.

 

You may need to check your junk or spam folder for this email if you do not receive a copy into your main email inbox.

 

It is very important you keep a copy of your Training Contract for your records.

AFTER YOU STARTED YOUR APPRENTICESHIP

As part of your Australian Apprenticeship, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships will be working alongside you as you complete your apprenticeship or traineeship.

 

This is to ensure that you are progressing towards completing your qualification as well as meeting your obligations under the Training Contract.

 

Our contacts with you could be made face-to-face, by phone, email, video chat or SMS. It is important you respond as quickly as possible to any contact to avoid missing out on vital information and updates.

 

As you commence your apprenticeship, there will be more contact to help solve any issues so you have the best chance to complete your qualification.

Click here for more Information.

TARGETED SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Online career profiling and job search coaching tool to help you find the ideal career. 

 

It includes psychometric testing to ensure the best fit vocational pathway. 

 

Discovery is available free to eligible apprentices connected to Sarina Russo Apprenticeships.

Gateway Services provides a list of vacancies and helpful hints on securing employment. 

 

To register your details and explore vacancies and job searching tools please Click here 

During your Australian Apprenticeship, you may be requested at various times to complete a KnowU assessments, so we can deliver you the most relevant and up to date In Training Support.

INCENTIVES TO HELP YOU SUCCEED

Trade Support Loans are available to eligible apprentices to help with the everyday costs of completing your apprenticeship.

You can receive up to $21,078 over the life of your apprenticeship. 

Applications are available from your Sarina Russo consultant or call 1300 178 776.

For more information Click Here

If you’ve moved from your parents’ home, for the first time, due to excessive travel to start your Australian Apprenticeship, you may be eligible for Living Away from Home Allowance.

 

If you want to apply, you can get an application from your Sarina Russo consultant or call 1300 178 776.

 

For more information Click Here.

 

 

If you are a low income earner and you meet the income test you may qualify for a Low Income Health Care Card.  

 

Click Here for more information on how to claim.

The Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment of up to $2,000 is available to eligible apprentices commencing from 1 July 2019. 

 

You must be undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship in one of the following national skills shortage occupations. 

Carpenters and Joiners

Plasterers

Plumbers

Bakers and Pastrycooks

Hairdressers

Vehicle Painters

Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

Wall and Floor Tilers

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

Arborists

Further information can be found here.

Support is available through tutorial, interpreter and mentor services for Australian Apprentices who need extra assistance with their off-the-job training.

 

For further information on how to apply call 1300 178 776

Student Edge is the number one site for student discounts, paid surveys, competitions, forums, news, jobs, student tools and more.

 

By signing up, you can get free instant access to in-store and online student discount and promo codes. 

 

https://studentedge.org/app

PowerPass Apprentice has been designed just for you. It gives you access to all the great benefits that Bunnings Trade PowerPass customers receive, without having to wait until you’ve completed your apprenticeship.

 

For more information Click Here

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESSTIONS

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINEESHIP?
An apprenticeship usually relates to a trade, eg electrician, hairdresser, chef, plumber or carpenter. A traineeship generally relates to industries that don’t need a trade certificate, eg business, retail, hospitality and more.

 

HOW LONG WILL MY APPRENTICESHIP TAKE?
Full time apprenticeships take between 36 to 48 months, depending on the apprentice and how quickly you complete the competencies. An apprentice will undertake qualifications from Cert Level III to Level VI. Full time traineeships will take
between 12 and 24 months, undertaking qualifications from Cert Level II to Level VI.

 

Recognition of prior learning, on the job learning and formal or informal experience can all contribute towards competency and completion of your qualification.

 

IS THERE A PROBATIONARY PERIOD?
Yes, usually the probationary period for a full-time apprenticeship is 90 days while a traineeship is 30-60 days.

 

IS THERE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO BECOME AN APPRENTICE OR TRAINEE?
Apprenticeships or traineeships are available to anyone of working age who are Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents, a NZ Passport holder or the holder of a visa type which allows you to work in Australia. You don’t need a secondary school
certificate or other qualification to be able to do an apprenticeship or traineeship.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you’re a school leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker simply wishing to change careers or gain new skills. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you’re still at school
finishing Years 11 and 12. You will need to be an Australian citizen or hold a New Zealand passport or a visa that allows you to engage in work in Australia.

 

DO I NEED TO BE EMPLOYED FULL TIME?
As an apprentice or trainee you can combine time at work with training and can be either employed as full-time, part-time (minimum of 15 hours per week).

As a school-based apprentice you must be employed on a permanent basis, not casual (you will need to work a minimum of 50 days per year, usually one day per week).

 

WHAT INCENTIVES ARE AVAILABLE?
There are a number of incentives you may be eligible for including Trade Support Loans, Living Away from Home Allowances and Centrelink allowances under Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy. Contact Sarina Russo on 13 15 59.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for other government incentives or support services when commencing your apprenticeship or traineeship.

 

HOW DO I FIND AN APPRENTICESHIP?
There are hundreds of employers seeking apprentices or trainees for their workplace and in a wide range of industries. You can approach employers directly, or visit Sarina Russo’s Jobs Board 

 

School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships – FAQ

 

WHAT’S A SCHOOL BASED APPRENTICESHIP?

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT) lets you work as a paid employee, train on the job and complete your Year 10, 11 or 12 studies. You’ll work towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification.

 

AM I ELIGIBLE?

You need to be at school to qualify as well as being an Australian Citizen, New Zealand passport holder or holder of a visa which allows you to work in Australia. You need to be able to work a minimum of 50 days a year where your employment and training

will impact your school timetable.

 

HOW MUCH DO I GET PAID?

This depends on your qualification and the award you are required to be paid by your employer. Pay rates and minimum conditions can be found on the Fairwork website – www.fairwork.gov.au/pay. Subject to eligibility financial incentives may be

available to you or your employer.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FINISH SCHOOL BEFORE I COMPLETE MY APPRENTICESHIP OR TRAINEESHIP?

Depending on your employer, you can continue with your apprenticeship or traineeship once you leave school, either in a full time or part time capacity.

 

HOW LONG DOES A SCHOOL-BASED APPRENTICESHIP OR TRAINEESHIP TAKE?

A full-time traineeship can take between 12 – 24 months. A full-time apprenticeship is generally 36 – 48 months. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships may take longer, depending on the qualification you have chosen, how you apply yourself and how

quickly you complete the required competencies.

 

HOW DOES THE SCHOOL HELP?

First you need your school’s permission. Most students are eligible and it’s best to seek advice and approval from your Guidance Counsellor or Careers Advisor. The school will then work together with you, your parents, your employer and the training provider to

assist with any support you need.

 

WHICH TRAINING PROVIDER DO I CHOOSE?

You can choose a public institution (like TAFE) or from a range of private Registered Training Organisations who offer the qualification you want. The training provider is responsible for developing your training plan and delivering and assessing your formal training.

 

HOW DOES SARINA RUSSO HELP YOU?

Sarina Russo provides support and information to you, your employer and your school. We can also help find you a suitable employer in the industry of your choice, guidance in selecting a training provider, assistance with claiming any eligible financial incentives, mentoring

support if needed and more.

CODES OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct applies to Sarina Russo and our staff. It represents the standards we must apply when we deal with you so receive highest quality service.

For more information Click here 

The National Code of Good Practice ensures Employers and Apprentices have a clear understanding of each other’s obligations and expectations throughout the lifetime of an Australian Apprenticeship. 

For more Information Click Here

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides advice about Australia’s workplace rights and rules.  This includes pay, leave, employee entitlements and details on awards and agreements. 

 

If you are seeking advice on wages and other conditions of your employment please visit https://www.fairwork.gov.au/ 

 

The Fair Work Ombudsmen’s guide for Australian Apprentices outline terms and conditions of your employment.  Click here

State Training Authority (STA)

Is the body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships.

 

In the ACT, the STA is Skills Canberra.  More information about the role of Skills Canberra can be found at https://www.skills.act.gov.au/apprenticeships

 

Colour Vision Testing – Electrical Apprentices

A colour vision test report is required to approve training contracts in the following qualifications. 

    • UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
    • UEE32211 Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
    • AUR30316 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

 

The colour vision test results should be on an Optometrist letterhead. 

 

For more information contact your ACT Sarina Russo consultant on 1300 178 776.

 

ACT Wage Advice Service

Provides employers and Australian Apprentices with free advice about industrial arrangements including modern awards, employment agreements, competency-based wage progression and national employment standards.

 

Contact the ACT Wage Advice Service by telephone 1300 278 681 or by email apprenticeship@canberrabusiness.com

 

ACT Vocational Education and Training Administration Records System (AVETARS)

Online application used by Skills Canberra to manage vocational education and training initiatives in the ACT

 

To initiate training contract variations and cancellations, Australian Apprentices and employers have access to AVETARS.  Login at   https://www.avetars.act.gov.au/

State Training Authority (STA)

In NSW, the STA is Training Services NSW who provide vocational education and training advice and information to apprentices and trainees and their employers, industry and training providers.

 

Training Services NSW operates regional offices across NSW.  For more information and contacts click here.

 

Transport Concession Entitlement Card

The NSW Government allows eligible apprentices and trainees concession fares to travel on public transport in NSW. 

 

To apply for a Travel Concession Entitlement Card click here.

 

Continuing Apprentices Placement Service for Apprentices (CAPS)

Is a free matching service that helps apprentices in skills shortage occupations who have lost their job due to the economic downturn to find new employers to complete their training.

 

The Continuing Apprentices Register allows employers to browse through the list of out-of-trade apprentices and request their contact details if they find someone suitable for their business.

 

For more information and to register click here.

 

Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships

Assist apprentices from NSW who have demonstrated:

    • Hardship in their personal circumstances
    • Aptitude to successfully complete their trade training
    • Positive attitude and application in the workplace and in off-the-job training.

 

The scholarships are valued up to $5000 per year.  More information click here. 

 

Apprentice Vehicle Registration Rebate

If you’re a first or second-year apprentice registered with the Training Services NSW, you can apply for a registration rebate to help with the costs of registering your vehicle.  

 

For more information click here.

 

Travel, Accommodation and Relocation Assistance

Financial assistance is available to eligible apprentices and trainees in NSW to assist in meeting some of the costs associated with training. 

 

For more information click here.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In Queensland the STA is the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.  Any Apprenticeship and Traineeship enquires can be made by call 1800 210 210* (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.45pm) or via email to apprenticeshipsinfo@qld.gov.au

 

Further information is available on their website

 

Travel and accommodation subsidy

 

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training provides a travel and accommodation subsidy to eligible apprentices and trainees, who are required to travel at least 100kms return to attend off-the-job training for their apprenticeship or traineeship.

 

For more information and how to apply click here.

 

Training assistance for cancelled apprentices and trainees

 

If your training contract is cancelled, you may continue training with your registered training organisation while you look for an employer to carry on your apprenticeship or traineeship.

 

More information is available here.

 

Assistance and Support

 

During the term of an apprenticeship or traineeship, an employer, apprentice or trainee may seek assistance or support from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, their Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider or, for more serious concerns, various other organisations. More information on available resources can be found here.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In South Australia the STA is the Department of Innovation and Skills.  Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services assumes responsibility for day to day operation of the Apprenticeship System in SA  They can be contacted on 1800 673 097, via email distas@sa.gov.au or online on their website.

 

Equipped for Work

 

You may be able to get reimbursed up to $1000 for equipment or services needed to start your apprenticeship, including:

      • tools, clothing and equipment
      • car licensing, registration or driving lessons
      • police checks and other clearances
      • medical assessments or drug tests.

You may be eligible for funding if you started your apprenticeship after 7 September 2018 and show you need support to start or continue your apprenticeship.

 

Click here for more information and to apply 

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In Victoria the STA is the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (or VRQA). 

 

They are an independent statutory authority that works to assure the quality of education and training in Victoria. They apply standards to education and training providers and accredit courses and qualifications.  They register apprentices and trainees, approve their employers and assure all parties meet their contractual obligations.

 

The VRQA can be contacted on 1300 722 603 (10:00 am—4:30 pm, Monday—Friday) or you can visit their website.

 

Apprenticeship Support Officers

 

VRQA Apprenticeship support officers give guidance to all apprentices aged 15 to 24 in the first year of their apprenticeship. They offer advice on personal and workplace issues.

 

Officers are located across regional and metropolitan Victoria and service areas are based on employer workplace location.

 

If you are an eligible apprentice, an officer will contact you and provide their details. If you have not yet been contacted or have lost their details call 1300 311 820 or email apprenticeship.support@edumail.vic.gov.au

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/training/learners/apprentices/Pages/officers.aspx

 

Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services

 

On behalf of the VRQA, the Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services (VAFS) checks in with apprentices and trainees to see how their apprenticeship or traineeship is progressing.

If you’re due for your check-in, you’ll receive a text message from VAFS with a number to call and link to follow.

 VAFS check-in takes around 1 minute. It involves you answering a few simple questions about your workplace and employer. You can complete your check-in over the phone or online, it’s up to you

 

Click here to check-in.

 

Trade apprentice registration discount

 

If you’re a trade apprentice using your car for work, you can get 50% off your next registration renewal.  For eligibility and to apply click here.

 

Trade Papers

 

Trade papers are a certificate awarded when you complete an apprenticeship.  They’re used to let employers and customers know that you’ve completed all parts of the apprenticeship and you can apply those skills on the job.

Click Here for more information.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office registers and administers training contracts and regulates the apprenticeship system in Western Australia.  They can be contacted on 13 19 54 or via email apprenticeshipoffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au

 

More information is available from their website https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/apprenticeship-office

 

Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS)

 

The WAAMS online client portal delivers significant benefits including improved access to view and manage training contracts and greater flexibility to manage your personal details and/or those of your employer.

 

Travel and accommodation allowance (TAA)

 

TAA is financial assistance provided to contribute towards the travel and accommodation costs of eligible apprentices required to attend off-the job training. An eligible apprentice is entitled to claim the following based on the round-trip distance travelled to the closest training provider.

      • Less than 71 kilometers – no assistance
      • Between 71 and 199 kilometres – travel allowance only
      • And – 200 kilometres or more – travel and accommodation allowance.

 

For enquiries relating to TAA, or to submit application forms, please contact taa@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Application forms are available here.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In Tasmania the role of the STA is undertaken by Skills Tasmania.  Specifically the Training Operations area approves and register training contracts, approves requests to amend the training contract, manage the payment of travel and accommodation allowances for eligible apprentices and trainees travelling interstate and intrastate for off-the-job training.

 

Issue travel warrants for eligible apprentices and trainees travelling interstate for off-the-job training.

 

More Information can be found here

 

Phone: 1800 655 846

Email: enquiries@skills.tas.gov.au

Web: www.skills.tas.gov.au

 

Apprentice/trainee travel and accommodation allowances

 

Skills Tasmania provides travel and accommodation allowances to assist apprentices and trainees who are required to travel to attend off-the-job training either within Tasmania or interstate.

 

Click here for more information and how to apply.

“Sarina Russo Job Access (Aust) Pty Ltd trading as Sarina Russo Apprenticeships is a service provider contracted by the Australian Government as represented by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business to provide support services to prospective and current employers and Australian Apprentices. Sarina Russo Apprenticeships is one of a number of Network Providers in ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria. This website does not represent the Australian Government. If You wish to access information about Australian Apprenticeships from the Australian Government, You should access the website http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au”.

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Congratulations on starting your Australian Apprenticeship

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships - Information Kit

As your first point of contact, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships provides you with personalised advice and support services from pre-commencement to completion.

 

Services include:

    • Explaining what an Apprenticeship offers you and how it works;
    • Helping you complete the Training Contract with your employer;
    • Processing any payments due to you; and
    • Having regular contact with you, especially when you need extra support to help complete your apprenticeship.

 

Call us on 1300 178 776 if you have any questions

GETTING YOUR APPRENTICESHIP STARTED

If you are under 18, one of your parents or a legal guardian will also be required to sign your Training Contract.  It is easier for you, and your employer, for you to bring your parent or guardian to the sign-up appointment.  Otherwise we will need to make arrangements for another appointment BEFORE the Training Contract can proceed.

In providing Australia Apprenticeship Support Network Services to you, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships collects personal and sensitive information provided by You for the purposes of providing you with appropriate services and assistance.


Sarina Russo Apprenticeships is committed to complying with the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles (“the Act”). Your Information will only be disclosed in accordance with this Act.

 

Click here for more information.

Get a career head start with a School Based Apprenticeship

 

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT) lets you:

    • Work as a paid employee,
    • Train on the job, and
    • Complete your Year 10, 11 or 12 studies and work towards a nationally recognised qualification.

 

Advantages of a school-based apprentice:

    • Transition from school straight into work
    • Shape your future with real work-life skills, knowledge and confidence

 

How to get started

    • Talk to your school’s Careers Advisor or Guidance Counsellor.
    • Contact Sarina Russo for career advice, resume preparation, interview skills, employer links and sign-up support.
    • Once you’ve started Sarina Russo helps you stay on track with the right mentoring and support.

 

Frequently asked questions

A representative of Sarina Russo Apprenticeships will meet with you to complete a Training Contract. This most likely will be at your workplace but could also be at one of our offices.

 

At the sign-up Sarina Russo Apprenticeships will need to verify your identification. Please bring ONE form of photo identification or TWO forms of other identification (such as a birth certificate, Medicare card or bank card).

 

You must also bring with you your Unique Student Identifier.

Your Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number that creates an online record of your training and qualifications attained in Australia.

 

The USI is part of a Council of Australian Governments initiative to improve the collection of nationally recognised training data.

 

You need a USI in order to receive your qualification or statement of attainment.

 

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships must record your USI as part of the apprenticeship sign-up process, or within 3 months of you commencing your Australian Apprenticeship.

For further information, including how find or create an USI, please read the fact sheet available here.

Once the Training Contract is completed, and signed by all parties, it is submitted to the Sarina Russo Apprenticeships admin team for processing.

 

At the same time, you will receive an email with a copy of the Training Contract attached from noreply@industry.gov.au.

 

You may need to check your junk or spam folder for this email if you do not receive a copy into your main email inbox.

 

It is very important you keep a copy of your Training Contract for your records.

AFTER YOU STARTED YOUR APPRENTICESHIP

As part of your Australian Apprenticeship, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships will be working alongside you as you complete your apprenticeship or traineeship.

 

This is to ensure that you are progressing towards completing your qualification as well as meeting your obligations under the Training Contract.

 

Our contacts with you could be made face-to-face, by phone, email, video chat or SMS. It is important you respond as quickly as possible to any contact to avoid missing out on vital information and updates.

 

As you commence your apprenticeship, there will be more contact to help solve any issues so you have the best chance to complete your qualification.

Click here for more Information.

TARGETED SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Online career profiling and job search coaching tool to help you find the ideal career. 

 

It includes psychometric testing to ensure the best fit vocational pathway. 

 

Discovery is available free to eligible apprentices connected to Sarina Russo Apprenticeships.

Gateway Services provides a list of vacancies and helpful hints on securing employment. 

 

To register your details and explore vacancies and job searching tools please Click here 

During your Australian Apprenticeship, you may be requested at various times to complete a KnowU assessments, so we can deliver you the most relevant and up to date In Training Support.

INCENTIVES TO HELP YOU SUCCEED

Trade Support Loans are available to eligible apprentices to help with the everyday costs of completing your apprenticeship.

You can receive up to $21,078 over the life of your apprenticeship. 

Applications are available from your Sarina Russo consultant or call 1300 178 776.

For more information Click Here

If you’ve moved from your parents’ home, for the first time, due to excessive travel to start your Australian Apprenticeship, you may be eligible for Living Away from Home Allowance.

 

If you want to apply, you can get an application from your Sarina Russo consultant or call 1300 178 776.

 

For more information Click Here.

 

 

If you are a low income earner and you meet the income test you may qualify for a Low Income Health Care Card.  

 

Click Here for more information on how to claim.

The Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment of up to $2,000 is available to eligible apprentices commencing from 1 July 2019. 

 

You must be undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship in one of the following national skills shortage occupations. 

Carpenters and Joiners

Plasterers

Plumbers

Bakers and Pastrycooks

Hairdressers

Vehicle Painters

Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

Wall and Floor Tilers

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

Arborists

Further information can be found here.

Support is available through tutorial, interpreter and mentor services for Australian Apprentices who need extra assistance with their off-the-job training.

 

For further information on how to apply call 1300 178 776

Student Edge is the number one site for student discounts, paid surveys, competitions, forums, news, jobs, student tools and more.

 

By signing up, you can get free instant access to in-store and online student discount and promo codes. 

 

https://studentedge.org/app

PowerPass Apprentice has been designed just for you. It gives you access to all the great benefits that Bunnings Trade PowerPass customers receive, without having to wait until you’ve completed your apprenticeship.

 

For more information Click Here

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESSTIONS

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINEESHIP?
An apprenticeship usually relates to a trade, eg electrician, hairdresser, chef, plumber or carpenter. A traineeship generally relates to industries that don’t need a trade certificate, eg business, retail, hospitality and more.

 

HOW LONG WILL MY APPRENTICESHIP TAKE?
Full time apprenticeships take between 36 to 48 months, depending on the apprentice and how quickly you complete the competencies. An apprentice will undertake qualifications from Cert Level III to Level VI. Full time traineeships will take
between 12 and 24 months, undertaking qualifications from Cert Level II to Level VI.

 

Recognition of prior learning, on the job learning and formal or informal experience can all contribute towards competency and completion of your qualification.

 

IS THERE A PROBATIONARY PERIOD?
Yes, usually the probationary period for a full-time apprenticeship is 90 days while a traineeship is 30-60 days.

 

IS THERE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO BECOME AN APPRENTICE OR TRAINEE?
Apprenticeships or traineeships are available to anyone of working age who are Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents, a NZ Passport holder or the holder of a visa type which allows you to work in Australia. You don’t need a secondary school
certificate or other qualification to be able to do an apprenticeship or traineeship.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you’re a school leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker simply wishing to change careers or gain new skills. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you’re still at school
finishing Years 11 and 12. You will need to be an Australian citizen or hold a New Zealand passport or a visa that allows you to engage in work in Australia.

 

DO I NEED TO BE EMPLOYED FULL TIME?
As an apprentice or trainee you can combine time at work with training and can be either employed as full-time, part-time (minimum of 15 hours per week).

As a school-based apprentice you must be employed on a permanent basis, not casual (you will need to work a minimum of 50 days per year, usually one day per week).

 

WHAT INCENTIVES ARE AVAILABLE?
There are a number of incentives you may be eligible for including Trade Support Loans, Living Away from Home Allowances and Centrelink allowances under Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy. Contact Sarina Russo on 13 15 59.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for other government incentives or support services when commencing your apprenticeship or traineeship.

 

HOW DO I FIND AN APPRENTICESHIP?
There are hundreds of employers seeking apprentices or trainees for their workplace and in a wide range of industries. You can approach employers directly, or visit Sarina Russo’s Jobs Board 

 

School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships – FAQ

 

WHAT’S A SCHOOL BASED APPRENTICESHIP?

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT) lets you work as a paid employee, train on the job and complete your Year 10, 11 or 12 studies. You’ll work towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification.

 

AM I ELIGIBLE?

You need to be at school to qualify as well as being an Australian Citizen, New Zealand passport holder or holder of a visa which allows you to work in Australia. You need to be able to work a minimum of 50 days a year where your employment and training

will impact your school timetable.

 

HOW MUCH DO I GET PAID?

This depends on your qualification and the award you are required to be paid by your employer. Pay rates and minimum conditions can be found on the Fairwork website – www.fairwork.gov.au/pay. Subject to eligibility financial incentives may be

available to you or your employer.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FINISH SCHOOL BEFORE I COMPLETE MY APPRENTICESHIP OR TRAINEESHIP?

Depending on your employer, you can continue with your apprenticeship or traineeship once you leave school, either in a full time or part time capacity.

 

HOW LONG DOES A SCHOOL-BASED APPRENTICESHIP OR TRAINEESHIP TAKE?

A full-time traineeship can take between 12 – 24 months. A full-time apprenticeship is generally 36 – 48 months. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships may take longer, depending on the qualification you have chosen, how you apply yourself and how

quickly you complete the required competencies.

 

HOW DOES THE SCHOOL HELP?

First you need your school’s permission. Most students are eligible and it’s best to seek advice and approval from your Guidance Counsellor or Careers Advisor. The school will then work together with you, your parents, your employer and the training provider to

assist with any support you need.

 

WHICH TRAINING PROVIDER DO I CHOOSE?

You can choose a public institution (like TAFE) or from a range of private Registered Training Organisations who offer the qualification you want. The training provider is responsible for developing your training plan and delivering and assessing your formal training.

 

HOW DOES SARINA RUSSO HELP YOU?

Sarina Russo provides support and information to you, your employer and your school. We can also help find you a suitable employer in the industry of your choice, guidance in selecting a training provider, assistance with claiming any eligible financial incentives, mentoring

support if needed and more.

CODES OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct applies to Sarina Russo and our staff. It represents the standards we must apply when we deal with you so receive highest quality service.

For more information Click here 

The National Code of Good Practice ensures Employers and Apprentices have a clear understanding of each other’s obligations and expectations throughout the lifetime of an Australian Apprenticeship. 

For more Information Click Here

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides advice about Australia’s workplace rights and rules.  This includes pay, leave, employee entitlements and details on awards and agreements. 

 

If you are seeking advice on wages and other conditions of your employment please visit https://www.fairwork.gov.au/ 

 

The Fair Work Ombudsmen’s guide for Australian Apprentices outline terms and conditions of your employment.  Click here

State Training Authority (STA)

Is the body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships.

 

In the ACT, the STA is Skills Canberra.  More information about the role of Skills Canberra can be found at https://www.skills.act.gov.au/apprenticeships

 

Colour Vision Testing – Electrical Apprentices

A colour vision test report is required to approve training contracts in the following qualifications. 

    • UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
    • UEE32211 Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
    • AUR30316 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

 

The colour vision test results should be on an Optometrist letterhead. 

 

For more information contact your ACT Sarina Russo consultant on 1300 178 776.

 

ACT Wage Advice Service

Provides employers and Australian Apprentices with free advice about industrial arrangements including modern awards, employment agreements, competency-based wage progression and national employment standards.

 

Contact the ACT Wage Advice Service by telephone 1300 278 681 or by email apprenticeship@canberrabusiness.com

 

ACT Vocational Education and Training Administration Records System (AVETARS)

Online application used by Skills Canberra to manage vocational education and training initiatives in the ACT

 

To initiate training contract variations and cancellations, Australian Apprentices and employers have access to AVETARS.  Login at   https://www.avetars.act.gov.au/

State Training Authority (STA)

In NSW, the STA is Training Services NSW who provide vocational education and training advice and information to apprentices and trainees and their employers, industry and training providers.

 

Training Services NSW operates regional offices across NSW.  For more information and contacts click here.

 

Transport Concession Entitlement Card

The NSW Government allows eligible apprentices and trainees concession fares to travel on public transport in NSW. 

 

To apply for a Travel Concession Entitlement Card click here.

 

Continuing Apprentices Placement Service for Apprentices (CAPS)

Is a free matching service that helps apprentices in skills shortage occupations who have lost their job due to the economic downturn to find new employers to complete their training.

 

The Continuing Apprentices Register allows employers to browse through the list of out-of-trade apprentices and request their contact details if they find someone suitable for their business.

 

For more information and to register click here.

 

Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships

Assist apprentices from NSW who have demonstrated:

    • Hardship in their personal circumstances
    • Aptitude to successfully complete their trade training
    • Positive attitude and application in the workplace and in off-the-job training.

 

The scholarships are valued up to $5000 per year.  More information click here. 

 

Apprentice Vehicle Registration Rebate

If you’re a first or second-year apprentice registered with the Training Services NSW, you can apply for a registration rebate to help with the costs of registering your vehicle.  

 

For more information click here.

 

Travel, Accommodation and Relocation Assistance

Financial assistance is available to eligible apprentices and trainees in NSW to assist in meeting some of the costs associated with training. 

 

For more information click here.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In Queensland the STA is the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.  Any Apprenticeship and Traineeship enquires can be made by call 1800 210 210* (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.45pm) or via email to apprenticeshipsinfo@qld.gov.au

 

Further information is available on their website

 

Travel and accommodation subsidy

 

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training provides a travel and accommodation subsidy to eligible apprentices and trainees, who are required to travel at least 100kms return to attend off-the-job training for their apprenticeship or traineeship.

 

For more information and how to apply click here.

 

Training assistance for cancelled apprentices and trainees

 

If your training contract is cancelled, you may continue training with your registered training organisation while you look for an employer to carry on your apprenticeship or traineeship.

 

More information is available here.

 

Assistance and Support

 

During the term of an apprenticeship or traineeship, an employer, apprentice or trainee may seek assistance or support from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, their Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider or, for more serious concerns, various other organisations. More information on available resources can be found here.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In South Australia the STA is the Department of Innovation and Skills.  Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services assumes responsibility for day to day operation of the Apprenticeship System in SA  They can be contacted on 1800 673 097, via email distas@sa.gov.au or online on their website.

 

Equipped for Work

 

You may be able to get reimbursed up to $1000 for equipment or services needed to start your apprenticeship, including:

      • tools, clothing and equipment
      • car licensing, registration or driving lessons
      • police checks and other clearances
      • medical assessments or drug tests.

You may be eligible for funding if you started your apprenticeship after 7 September 2018 and show you need support to start or continue your apprenticeship.

 

Click here for more information and to apply 

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In Victoria the STA is the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (or VRQA). 

 

They are an independent statutory authority that works to assure the quality of education and training in Victoria. They apply standards to education and training providers and accredit courses and qualifications.  They register apprentices and trainees, approve their employers and assure all parties meet their contractual obligations.

 

The VRQA can be contacted on 1300 722 603 (10:00 am—4:30 pm, Monday—Friday) or you can visit their website.

 

Apprenticeship Support Officers

 

VRQA Apprenticeship support officers give guidance to all apprentices aged 15 to 24 in the first year of their apprenticeship. They offer advice on personal and workplace issues.

 

Officers are located across regional and metropolitan Victoria and service areas are based on employer workplace location.

 

If you are an eligible apprentice, an officer will contact you and provide their details. If you have not yet been contacted or have lost their details call 1300 311 820 or email apprenticeship.support@edumail.vic.gov.au

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/training/learners/apprentices/Pages/officers.aspx

 

Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services

 

On behalf of the VRQA, the Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services (VAFS) checks in with apprentices and trainees to see how their apprenticeship or traineeship is progressing.

If you’re due for your check-in, you’ll receive a text message from VAFS with a number to call and link to follow.

 VAFS check-in takes around 1 minute. It involves you answering a few simple questions about your workplace and employer. You can complete your check-in over the phone or online, it’s up to you

 

Click here to check-in.

 

Trade apprentice registration discount

 

If you’re a trade apprentice using your car for work, you can get 50% off your next registration renewal.  For eligibility and to apply click here.

 

Trade Papers

 

Trade papers are a certificate awarded when you complete an apprenticeship.  They’re used to let employers and customers know that you’ve completed all parts of the apprenticeship and you can apply those skills on the job.

Click Here for more information.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office registers and administers training contracts and regulates the apprenticeship system in Western Australia.  They can be contacted on 13 19 54 or via email apprenticeshipoffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au

 

More information is available from their website https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/apprenticeship-office

 

Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS)

 

The WAAMS online client portal delivers significant benefits including improved access to view and manage training contracts and greater flexibility to manage your personal details and/or those of your employer.

 

Travel and accommodation allowance (TAA)

 

TAA is financial assistance provided to contribute towards the travel and accommodation costs of eligible apprentices required to attend off-the job training. An eligible apprentice is entitled to claim the following based on the round-trip distance travelled to the closest training provider.

      • Less than 71 kilometers – no assistance
      • Between 71 and 199 kilometres – travel allowance only
      • And – 200 kilometres or more – travel and accommodation allowance.

 

For enquiries relating to TAA, or to submit application forms, please contact taa@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Application forms are available here.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In Tasmania the role of the STA is undertaken by Skills Tasmania.  Specifically the Training Operations area approves and register training contracts, approves requests to amend the training contract, manage the payment of travel and accommodation allowances for eligible apprentices and trainees travelling interstate and intrastate for off-the-job training.

 

Issue travel warrants for eligible apprentices and trainees travelling interstate for off-the-job training.

 

More Information can be found here

 

Phone: 1800 655 846

Email: enquiries@skills.tas.gov.au

Web: www.skills.tas.gov.au

 

Apprentice/trainee travel and accommodation allowances

 

Skills Tasmania provides travel and accommodation allowances to assist apprentices and trainees who are required to travel to attend off-the-job training either within Tasmania or interstate.

 

Click here for more information and how to apply.

“Sarina Russo Job Access (Aust) Pty Ltd trading as Sarina Russo Apprenticeships is a service provider contracted by the Australian Government as represented by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business to provide support services to prospective and current employers and Australian Apprentices. Sarina Russo Apprenticeships is one of a number of Network Providers in ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria. This website does not represent the Australian Government. If You wish to access information about Australian Apprenticeships from the Australian Government, You should access the website http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au”.