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Congratulations on commencing your Australian Apprenticeship

Congratulations on commencing your Australian Apprenticeship

The information and links in this kit will provide you with all you need to know.

 Please take time to read all the information. If you have any queries you can

ask your Sarina Russo Apprenticeships Industry Consultant at your upcoming sign-up appointment

or you can call us on 1300 178 776

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships is your first point of contact for all queries about your apprenticeship.  

We’ll provides you with personalised advice and support services from pre-commencement to completion.

 

Our services include:

 

      • Completing the Training Contract
      • Administrative support
      • Payment processing
      • Regular contact
      • Targeted services when you need extra support to complete your apprenticeship

SIGN UP

If you are under 18, one of your parents or a Legal guardian will also be required to sign your Training Contract.  It is preferable that you to bring a parent or guardian to the sign-up appointment, otherwise we will need to make arrangements before the Training Contract can proceed.

Click here for more information.

Within the next week a representative of SRA will meet with you to complete a Training Contract.  As outlined in the National Code of Good Practice,  the Training Contract sets out the terms and conditions of the Australian Apprenticeship. 

At the sign-up SRA 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). .

Introduced in 2015, the Unique Student Identifier (USI) is part of a Council of Australian Governments initiative to improve the collection of nationally recognised training data.  As part of the sign-up process, or within 3 months of commencing your Australian Apprenticeship, we must record your USI. 

 

For further information please read the fact sheet available here.

Once the Training Contract is fully completed, it is submitted to the SRA 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 if you do not receive a copy). Please ensure you keep a copy for your records. If you apply for a Trade Support Loan or other assistance, you will receive an email from apprenticeships@sarinarusso.com.au  advising you of your eligibility.

As part of your Australian Apprenticeship, SRA will be undertaking progress contacts with you. This is to ensure that you are progressing towards completing the Training Contract.  The contacts could be made face-to-face by phone, email, video chat or SMS.  You must respond to any contact.  There will be more contact at the commencement of the training as this is usually when barriers to completion arise.

Get a career head start

 

Start building your career before you leave school with a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

 

You’ll work as a paid employee while training on the job, as you complete Year 10, 11 or 12 studies.

 

How you’ll benefit:

    • Create a pathway from school into the workforce
    • Earn while you learn
    • Get real work-life skills and knowledge
    • Build your resume with your employment history and references
    • Boost your confidence and communication skills
    • On competition, get a nationally recognised qualification

 

Frequently asked questions 

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.

Sometimes things don’t work out and you may find yourself looking to continue your Australian Apprenticeship with another employer.  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 

When entering into a Training Contract, SRA will initiate a KnowU assessment.  This assessment will help to identify Australian Apprentices who may be at  high-risk of not completing their Australian Apprenticeship.

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

Click here for more Information.

INCENTIVES

Trade Support Loans (TSLs) are available to eligible apprentices to assist with everyday costs while completing your apprenticeship. You can receive up to $21,078 over the life of the apprenticeship. The year of your apprenticeship determines the amount you may receive. There is no waiting period to claim.

For more information Click Here

Applications are available from your SRA Field Consultant or calling 1300 178 776

If you have had to move from your parents’ home for the first time  due to excessive travel to commence your Australian Apprenticeship, you may be eligible for LAFHA. For more information Click Here.

If you want to apply, you can get an application from your SRA Field Consultant or by calling 1300 178 776.

 

As an Australian Apprentice you may qualify for a Low Income Health Care Card.  You may be eligible if you are a low income earner and you meet the income test.

 

Click Here for more information including 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 occupations experiencing national skills shortages. 

 

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.

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

For further information or an application form please call 1300 178 776

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PowerPass Apprentice has been designed just for apprentices. 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

You can contact Sarina Russo Apprenticeships during normal business hours from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday by calling 1300 178 776.  You can also email any queries to apprenticeships@sarinarusso.com.au  At the sign-up you will be provided a business card of the Industry Consultant who assisted you with the paperwork. Feel free to call them

CODES OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct applies to SRA and our staff. It represents the standards we must apply when we deal with you. This means that you can expect to receive high quality support services.

For more information Click here 

The National Code of Good Practice has been developed to ensure Employers and Apprentices entering into a Training Contract, 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 information and 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/ as the first step.

The Fair Work Ombudsmen has produced a guide for Australian Apprentices which is available here. It is a resource outlining terms and conditions of employment.

Q: How long will it take?

 

A: A full time Apprenticeship/Traineeship can take anywhere from 12-60 months and include qualifications from Cert II to Adv. Diploma. All qualifications are competency based. You can use real life additional experience to reduce the certification time. Experience gained via formal and/or informal training, work experience, prior learning and/or on-the-job skills, credit toward your certificate.

 

Q: How long is my probation period?

 

A: As a general rule, the probationary period for a full-time apprenticeship is 90 days while a traineeship is 30 days. Q: Am I eligible to enter into an apprenticeship or traineeship? A: Yes, if you are employed permanently for a minimum of 15 hours per week (QLD), 13 hours per week (VIC), 25 hours per week (SA), 21 hours per week (NSW), 21 hours per week (ACT), 15 hours per week (WA), and 15 hours per week (TAS). You will not be eligible if you are a casual employee. For school-based, there is no maximum age limit; however in many cases there is a minimum age to begin an apprenticeship or traineeship. For further information, speak with your Sarina Russo Apprenticeships representative.

 

Q: How much will the training cost me?

 

A: It depends on the award you’re paid under when you’re undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship as to whether you are responsible for paying your training costs, or your employer needs to reimburse you. Many awards contain entitlements for training costs, fees and textbooks.This also may have to be negotiated between you and your employer.You should check your award through Fair Work to view your entitlements and find our further information.

 

The State Government may also subsidise some of the costs if you are a new employee and meet the Government’s Key Priority Areas. Depending on the level of your qualification, this is your responsibility; however you may be required to pay a nominal tuition or college fee to your training provider. You may receive a reduction in your fees if you have a Centrelink Health Care Card. Speak to your training provider.

 

Q: How do I choose a training provider?

 

A: Your training provider is responsible for developing your Training Plan, delivering the training, assessing achievements and issuing you with your qualification when completed. It’s important that you and your employer choose the right training provider for you. The provider can either be a public provider (TAFE) or private organisation with accreditation. SRA consultants can provide you with a list of Registered Training Organisations(RTOs) delivering your qualification. Some providers are funded by the government ,which means they can provide subsidised training. If you and your employer choose from a wider selection of unfunded providers, your training will be delivered on a fee-for-service basis.

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 the ACT the STA is Skills Canberra.  Skills Canberra is responsible and accountable for the provision of strategic advice and overall management of vocational education and training (VET) in the ACT.  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 (and equivalent updates of these qualifications):

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

Colour vision testing is required on the basis of industry and licensing advice and recommendation. The colour vision test results should be on an Optometrist letterhead.

For further information please contact your local Sarina Russo Apprenticeship ACT Field Officer on 1300 178 776.

 

ACT Wage Advice Service

 

The ACT Wage Advice Service provides employers and Australian Apprentices (both current and prospective) 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 on 1300 278 681 or by email to apprenticeship@canberrabusiness.com

 

AVETARS

 

The ACT Vocational Education and Training Administration Records System (AVETARS) is the online application used by Skills Canberra to manage vocational education and training initiatives in the ACT

 

Australian apprentices and employers have access to AVETARS.  Here you initiate training contract variations and cancellations 

To log into AVETARS  https://www.avetars.act.gov.au/

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 NSW the STA is Training Services NSW.  Training Services NSW provides 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.  More information and how to contact training Services NSW can be found here.

 

Transport Concession Entitlement Card

 

The NSW Government allows eligible apprentices and trainees access to concession fares to travel on public transport in NSW.  To do so you need to apply for a Travel Concession Entitlement Card.  To apply click here.

Further information is available here.

 

Continuing Apprentices Placement Service for Apprentices (CAPS)

 

The Continuing Apprentices Placement Service 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 so that they can complete their training. The Continuing Apprentices Register allows employers to browse through the list of out-of-trade apprentices and to request contact details if they find someone who may be suitable for their business.

For more information and to register click here.

 

Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships

 

The aim of the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships is to 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 is available 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 you with the costs of registering your vehicle.

More information and how to apply can be found 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.  More information and how to apply 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 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 commencing your Australian Apprenticeship

Congratulations on commencing your Australian Apprenticeship

The information and links in this kit will provide you with all you need to know.

 Please take time to read all the information. If you have any queries you can

ask your Sarina Russo Apprenticeships Industry Consultant at your upcoming sign-up appointment

or you can call us on 1300 178 776

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships is your first point of contact for all queries about your apprenticeship.  

We’ll provides you with personalised advice and support services from pre-commencement to completion.

 

Our services include:

 

      • Completing the Training Contract
      • Administrative support
      • Payment processing
      • Regular contact
      • Targeted services when you need extra support to complete your apprenticeship

SIGN UP

If you are under 18, one of your parents or a Legal guardian will also be required to sign your Training Contract.  It is preferable that you to bring a parent or guardian to the sign-up appointment, otherwise we will need to make arrangements before the Training Contract can proceed.

Click here for more information.

Within the next week a representative of SRA will meet with you to complete a Training Contract.  As outlined in the National Code of Good Practice,  the Training Contract sets out the terms and conditions of the Australian Apprenticeship. 

At the sign-up SRA 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). .

Introduced in 2015, the Unique Student Identifier (USI) is part of a Council of Australian Governments initiative to improve the collection of nationally recognised training data.  As part of the sign-up process, or within 3 months of commencing your Australian Apprenticeship, we must record your USI. 

 

For further information please read the fact sheet available here.

Once the Training Contract is fully completed, it is submitted to the SRA 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 if you do not receive a copy). Please ensure you keep a copy for your records. If you apply for a Trade Support Loan or other assistance, you will receive an email from apprenticeships@sarinarusso.com.au  advising you of your eligibility.

As part of your Australian Apprenticeship, SRA will be undertaking progress contacts with you. This is to ensure that you are progressing towards completing the Training Contract.  The contacts could be made face-to-face by phone, email, video chat or SMS.  You must respond to any contact.  There will be more contact at the commencement of the training as this is usually when barriers to completion arise.

Get a career head start

 

Start building your career before you leave school with a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

 

You’ll work as a paid employee while training on the job, as you complete Year 10, 11 or 12 studies.

 

How you’ll benefit:

    • Create a pathway from school into the workforce
    • Earn while you learn
    • Get real work-life skills and knowledge
    • Build your resume with your employment history and references
    • Boost your confidence and communication skills
    • On competition, get a nationally recognised qualification

 

Frequently asked questions 

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.

Sometimes things don’t work out and you may find yourself looking to continue your Australian Apprenticeship with another employer.  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 

When entering into a Training Contract, SRA will initiate a KnowU assessment.  This assessment will help to identify Australian Apprentices who may be at  high-risk of not completing their Australian Apprenticeship.

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

Click here for more Information.

INCENTIVES

Trade Support Loans (TSLs) are available to eligible apprentices to assist with everyday costs while completing your apprenticeship. You can receive up to $21,078 over the life of the apprenticeship. The year of your apprenticeship determines the amount you may receive. There is no waiting period to claim.

For more information Click Here

Applications are available from your SRA Field Consultant or calling 1300 178 776

If you have had to move from your parents’ home for the first time  due to excessive travel to commence your Australian Apprenticeship, you may be eligible for LAFHA. For more information Click Here.

If you want to apply, you can get an application from your SRA Field Consultant or by calling 1300 178 776.

 

As an Australian Apprentice you may qualify for a Low Income Health Care Card.  You may be eligible if you are a low income earner and you meet the income test.

 

Click Here for more information including 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 occupations experiencing national skills shortages. 

 

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.

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

For further information or an application form please 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. Save hundreds of dollars at top stores like McDonald’s, Hoyts, and City Beach.

 

https://studentedge.org/app

PowerPass Apprentice has been designed just for apprentices. 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

You can contact Sarina Russo Apprenticeships during normal business hours from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday by calling 1300 178 776.  You can also email any queries to apprenticeships@sarinarusso.com.au  At the sign-up you will be provided a business card of the Industry Consultant who assisted you with the paperwork. Feel free to call them

CODES OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct applies to SRA and our staff. It represents the standards we must apply when we deal with you. This means that you can expect to receive high quality support services.

For more information Click here 

The National Code of Good Practice has been developed to ensure Employers and Apprentices entering into a Training Contract, 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 information and 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/ as the first step.

The Fair Work Ombudsmen has produced a guide for Australian Apprentices which is available here. It is a resource outlining terms and conditions of employment.

Q: How long will it take?

 

A: A full time Apprenticeship/Traineeship can take anywhere from 12-60 months and include qualifications from Cert II to Adv. Diploma. All qualifications are competency based. You can use real life additional experience to reduce the certification time. Experience gained via formal and/or informal training, work experience, prior learning and/or on-the-job skills, credit toward your certificate.

 

Q: How long is my probation period?

 

A: As a general rule, the probationary period for a full-time apprenticeship is 90 days while a traineeship is 30 days. Q: Am I eligible to enter into an apprenticeship or traineeship? A: Yes, if you are employed permanently for a minimum of 15 hours per week (QLD), 13 hours per week (VIC), 25 hours per week (SA), 21 hours per week (NSW), 21 hours per week (ACT), 15 hours per week (WA), and 15 hours per week (TAS). You will not be eligible if you are a casual employee. For school-based, there is no maximum age limit; however in many cases there is a minimum age to begin an apprenticeship or traineeship. For further information, speak with your Sarina Russo Apprenticeships representative.

 

Q: How much will the training cost me?

 

A: It depends on the award you’re paid under when you’re undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship as to whether you are responsible for paying your training costs, or your employer needs to reimburse you. Many awards contain entitlements for training costs, fees and textbooks.This also may have to be negotiated between you and your employer.You should check your award through Fair Work to view your entitlements and find our further information.

 

The State Government may also subsidise some of the costs if you are a new employee and meet the Government’s Key Priority Areas. Depending on the level of your qualification, this is your responsibility; however you may be required to pay a nominal tuition or college fee to your training provider. You may receive a reduction in your fees if you have a Centrelink Health Care Card. Speak to your training provider.

 

Q: How do I choose a training provider?

 

A: Your training provider is responsible for developing your Training Plan, delivering the training, assessing achievements and issuing you with your qualification when completed. It’s important that you and your employer choose the right training provider for you. The provider can either be a public provider (TAFE) or private organisation with accreditation. SRA consultants can provide you with a list of Registered Training Organisations(RTOs) delivering your qualification. Some providers are funded by the government ,which means they can provide subsidised training. If you and your employer choose from a wider selection of unfunded providers, your training will be delivered on a fee-for-service basis.

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 the ACT the STA is Skills Canberra.  Skills Canberra is responsible and accountable for the provision of strategic advice and overall management of vocational education and training (VET) in the ACT.  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 (and equivalent updates of these qualifications):

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

Colour vision testing is required on the basis of industry and licensing advice and recommendation. The colour vision test results should be on an Optometrist letterhead.

For further information please contact your local Sarina Russo Apprenticeship ACT Field Officer on 1300 178 776.

 

ACT Wage Advice Service

 

The ACT Wage Advice Service provides employers and Australian Apprentices (both current and prospective) 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 on 1300 278 681 or by email to apprenticeship@canberrabusiness.com

 

AVETARS

 

The ACT Vocational Education and Training Administration Records System (AVETARS) is the online application used by Skills Canberra to manage vocational education and training initiatives in the ACT

 

Australian apprentices and employers have access to AVETARS.  Here you initiate training contract variations and cancellations 

To log into AVETARS  https://www.avetars.act.gov.au/

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 NSW the STA is Training Services NSW.  Training Services NSW provides 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.  More information and how to contact training Services NSW can be found here.

 

Transport Concession Entitlement Card

 

The NSW Government allows eligible apprentices and trainees access to concession fares to travel on public transport in NSW.  To do so you need to apply for a Travel Concession Entitlement Card.  To apply click here.

Further information is available here.

 

Continuing Apprentices Placement Service for Apprentices (CAPS)

 

The Continuing Apprentices Placement Service 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 so that they can complete their training. The Continuing Apprentices Register allows employers to browse through the list of out-of-trade apprentices and to request contact details if they find someone who may be suitable for their business.

For more information and to register click here.

 

Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships

 

The aim of the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships is to 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 is available 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 you with the costs of registering your vehicle.

More information and how to apply can be found 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.  More information and how to apply 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 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”.