Commissioner's Information Bulletin 527

Drafting Trade (Structural Design) - Apprenticeship

Manufacturing Engineering

Date of effect: 16 December 2011

 

The trade vocation of Drafting Trade (Structural Design) has been varied to update the course of study to one with current accreditation.

Click here for the Drafting Trade (Structural Design) Vocational Training Order.

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Vocational Training Orders (VTOs)

Qualifications, structure and packaging

40603SA Diploma of Engineering Drafting (Structural specialisation) will support the apprenticeship pathway.

Transition arrangements

Under State Training Services' transition arrangements, a superseded qualification can be specified on apprenticeship and traineeship applications for up to six months after new or updated Vocational Training Orders come into effect.
Registered training organisations (RTOs) may commence training in either the new or superseded qualification but must meet the requirements of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to update the enrolment of their students to the current qualification before the qualification expiry date, generally 12 months after the current qualification has been added to the national register. For more information refer to the revised Standards for RTOs 2015 as specified by ASQA.

Job descriptions

Engineering drafting apprentices will work within drafting in the field of Engineering. They will support or supplement the work of a professional engineer by preparing drawings and specifications, designing to requirement, calculating and costing projects, coordinating and programming tasks, testing materials and developing quality control techniques.

Apprentices will learn to

  • incorporate their broad knowledge and understanding with theoretical concepts, requiring substantial depth in some areas
  • analyse and plan approaches to technical problems or management requirements
  • transfer and apply theoretical concepts and technical and creative skills to a range of situations
  • critically evaluate and analyse information.

Competency based progression

Apprentices employed under the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010 are able to progress through the apprenticeship on the achievement of competencies rather than time served.

The rate of progress is based on the nominal term of the apprenticeship, as specified in the Vocational Training Order.

Competency based completion

On successful completion of the relevant qualification:

  • parties may apply to the Commissioner for Vocational Training for completion of the apprenticeship and traineeship prior to the nominal completion date of the training contract or;
  • State Training Services may issue letters from the Commissioner to both parties inviting them to consider competency based completion if it has received advice from the training organisation that the apprentice or trainee is eligible to receive their qualification.

For more information and an application form, click here.

Industrial arrangements

Applications under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 to establish an apprenticeship, whether full-time or school based will not be approved unless the Commissioner for Vocational Training is satisfied that appropriate industrial arrangements are in place.

Apprentices may be employed under the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010.

All private sector employers and employees in New South Wales are covered by the national industrial relations system administered by the Fair Work Commission (the Commission). The industrial instrument that applies is a national (modern) award or a current enterprise agreement registered with the Commission. Further information is available from the Fair Work Ombudsman by telephoning 13 13 94 or via their website.

School based apprenticeship

The qualification is suitable for delivery in schools.

For qualifications available for delivery in schools, click here.

For further information on the delivery of training for school based part-time apprenticeships, refer to Training Arrangements.

Learning resources and assessment materials 

TAFE NSW has resources to support delivery of the course.

Registered training organisations

 TAFE NSW is delivering the qualification.

Funding arrangements

From 1 January 2015 the NSW Government introduced new fee arrangements for government subsidised vocational education and training (VET). Under Smart and Skilled, all apprenticeship and most traineeship qualifications are subsidised. For a full list of all the qualifications refer to the 2014/2015 NSW Skills List. Information on the types and levels of subsidies can be found in the "Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy". Training for existing-worker trainees is not subsidised.

Inspecting Vocational Training Order

A copy of the Vocational Training Order is available for inspection on this internet site below or at any State Training Services Regional Office of the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Enquiries

For any enquiries regarding this Commissioners Information Bulletin, please contact the Vocational Training Tribunal Unit on telephone (02) 9266 8579.

Approved by Phillip Moore
Commissioner for Vocational Training.

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Drafting Trade (Structural Design) - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 16 December 2011
Course of study 40603SA Diploma of Engineering Drafting (Structural specialisation)
Term of training

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

The rate of progress will be determined as follows:

Stage of apprenticeship

Entry, progression and exit requirements

Stage 1

Nil entry requirements.

Progression to Stage 2 

Apprentices progress to Stage 2:

  • on attainment of 25% of the total units of competency for the 40603A Diploma of Engineering Drafting (Structural specialisation) qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 1 (whichever is earlier)

Progression to Stage 3

Apprentices progress to Stage 3:

  • On attainment of 50% of the total units of competency for the 40603A Diploma of Engineering Drafting (Structural specialisation) qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) 

Progression to Stage 4

Apprentices progress to Stage 4:

  • on attainment of 75% of the total units of competency for the 40603A Diploma of Engineering Drafting (Structural specialisation) course as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier)

Exit

  • Upon attainment of 100% of the units of competency for the 40603A Diploma of Engineering Drafting (Structural specialisation qualification as specified in the training plan.
  • On successful completion of the qualification, the parties may apply to the Commissioner for Vocational Training for completion of the apprenticeship.
School based

40603SA Diploma of Engineering Drafting (Structural specialisation)

The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period

3 months

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Page last updated: 13 January 2015