Get your apprentice or trainee officially signed up
You and your apprentice or trainee must sign up to a formal training contract within 14 days of employment. This way everyone knows what their responsibilities are, and the apprentice or trainee is correctly registered. After signing, employers can pay apprentice or trainee wages, and your apprentice or trainee can enrol in formal training.
Get in touch with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider in your area to conduct the sign-up. They can tell you and your apprentice or trainee about your roles and responsibilities, outline any relevant incentives, and may also be able to help with finding an apprentice or trainee if you’re still recruiting.
Apprentices and trainees generally have a probation period built into their training contract, which you should discuss with them – and your AASN – when they sign up. This allows the employer or apprentice or trainee to cancel the training contract if the training arrangement is not working out. After the probationary period,:
- for apprentices, both you and your apprentice must agree before the contract can be cancelled
- for trainees, either you or your trainee may choose to cancel the contract.
Cancelling the training contract should always be a last resort. If, as an employer, you think the training arrangement is at risk you must let the apprenticeships regulator, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority know within five days.
Remember that cancelling a training contract is not the same as cancelling an employment contract. You may have separate obligations under your industrial arrangements (such as a Modern Award) when it comes to terminating employment. If unsure, you should contact the Fair Work Ombudsman .
Providing support and supervision for your apprentice or trainee throughout their apprenticeship or traineeship is vital. Your apprentice or trainee needs to be supervised so they can work safely and learn the skills of their trade or vocation. Not only does this ensure you are meeting your obligations as an employer but also helps the apprentice or trainee engage with your business and stay enthusiastic about their learning journey. Close supervision will also help you to identify and address any potential issues early on. More information on supervising your apprentice can be found here .