Roles and responsibilities

Apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW are administered under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001.

What are my responsibilities as an employer?

Ensure that all required workplace checks are undertaken prior to the employment of an apprentice or trainee e.g. working with children, criminal record checks, citizenship requirements.

As an employer of an apprentice or trainee you must provide your apprentice or trainee with:

  • every opportunity to learn the skills and acquire the knowledge of the trade or traineeship
  • a suitably qualified or appropriately experienced person to facilitate the training and supervise the apprentice / trainee in the workplace
  • access to structured on and/or off-the-job training
  • time off work with pay to undertake training and assessment delivered by the supervising Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • a safe working environment
  • a work environment free from any form of harassment
  • other benefits specified in the training agreement or industrial arrangement (e.g. a tool allowance).

You are responsible for ensuring that the apprentice or trainee has access to the full range of work required to develop the skills and industry knowledge they need on the job. You also need to observe their progress and confirm that they are developing the required skills and knowledge by liaising regularly with the RTO. To ensure this, there are various records which must be maintained by either the employer or the apprentice or trainee. Depending on the nature of the apprenticeship or traineeship, these records include:

  • progress card (for trainee apprentices only)
  • a competency record book for trainees and some apprentices
  • an attendance card which your Registered Training Organisation (RTO) may provide to confirm regular attendance at off-the-job training.

The training advisors at the nearest Training Services NSW regional offices can provide further information.


Contact Training Services NSW on 13 28 11 to be directed to your local office.

Page last updated: 20 September 2017