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How do apprenticeships and traineeships differ for employers?
Although apprenticeships and traineeships are often used interchangeably, they are very different.
Apprenticeships are usually trade based and are typically three to four years in length.
Apprenticeships also combine paid on-the-job training with class-based instruction. You may also employ your apprentice part-time or full-time or even share an apprentice with another business.
Traineeships are usually one to two years in length and offer those who are already in non-trade related areas an opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge.
A Swinburne traineeship combines employment with formal training, delivered either on campus or in the workplace.
Ready to get started?
An apprentice or trainee can be a student or school-leaver, a person re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers.
Some of the ways to find an apprentice or trainee include:
Once you employ your apprentice or trainee, register them with an approved Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider, arrange a training agreement and nominate Swinburne as your training provider.
The AASN will then register your training contract on the apprenticeship database (Epsilon) and your apprentice or trainee will be allocated an Epsilon number.
You will find useful information about employing an apprentice or trainee on the Australian Apprenticeships website. Learn about training contracts, awards, who you can employ and government incentives.
Help and support
To give your apprentice or trainee the best chance to succeed, it’s important to provide continuous advice and guidance.
Here are some useful tips:
- Avoid simply telling them what to do. Getting them to think for themselves will keep them motivated and interested.
- Engage them by asking how they might approach something, hear what they have to say and provide them with feedback.
- Set achievable goals.
- Review and reinforce the things they do well.
- Provide feedback, whether it is positive or negative. Either congratulate or explain why it’s not the best way and show them how you would like a task to be done.
- Get to know them and find out what they are good at.
- Help them see the bigger picture by motivating them to see the benefits of their hard work.
- Create opportunities for growth.
- Create a positive and safe work environment.
- Don’t forget to have a laugh from time to time!
Note: If you have any concerns about their performance at work or study, it is usually best to talk to them directly. We also recommend you speak with one of our Success Coaches who may be able to assist.
Alternatively, your AASN provider can offer advice about the right course of action.
As you would expect, fees apply to our courses. However, amounts vary and quite often the government or you as the employer can contribute. The exact amount your apprentice or trainee will have to pay will depend on:
the number of units they enrol into
the course they are studying
the type of student they are.
If your apprentice or trainee has any concerns about paying fees on time, they can access help and advice from our Success Coaches. We can assist with money issues such as budgeting, loans, tax help and more.
Overdue or unpaid fees
To avoid penalties, fees must be paid by the due date on the Statement of Account and Tax Invoice, which is before the census date. Penalties for non-payment of fees include restricted access to results and possible enrolment cancellation. If fees are owing, students may not be allowed to graduate or receive academic transcripts.
If you suspect that your apprentice or trainee is unable to pay fees by the due date, get in touch with your Apprenticeship Officer as early as possible.
Contribute to the course fees
If you would like to contribute to the course fees, you will need to provide a completed sponsorship agreement form prior to enrolment.
To be eligible to receive an 80 per cent discount on their fees, your apprentice or trainee must present a current Health Care Card (HCC), or letter of eligibility from Centrelink.
Be sure to remind them to apply for one as soon as they are signed up.
- Apprenticeship Support Australia: Further information about apprenticeships and traineeships for employers
- Australian Apprenticeships: Learn about employer responsibilities, fees, training contacts and federal government incentives
- Department of Education and Training: Learn about how to recruit an apprentice or trainee, including state government incentives for apprenticeships
- Energy Safe Victoria: Electrical licensing requirements
- Fair Work Australia: Guide to taking on an apprentice
- Fair Work Australia: Paying wages
- National Centre for Vocational Education Research: Developing and sustaining successful partnerships between employers and training providers: good practice guide
- Victorian Building Authority: Building/Plumbing regulations and requirements