Apprenticeships and Traineeships

A Review of the Apprenticeship and Traineeship System

Apprenticeships and traineeships are important to the NSW Government in supporting the continued growth of the economy. The Government aims to use this growth to build a lasting legacy of a highly skilled workforce.

It is time to re-think how the apprenticeship and traineeship system operates in NSW to ensure its suitability for industry and the community. This Review will examine whether change is needed to improve the level of completion of apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.

Public meetings were held in metropolitan and regional areas to seek advice from interested people on how the apprenticeship system needs to change to meet current and emerging skill needs of industry and the State.

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Funding under Smart and Skilled

Government funding is available for the formal training component of apprenticeships and most traineeships. Under Smart and Skilled, all apprenticeship and most traineeship qualifications are subsidised. Training for existing-worker trainees is not subsidised.

Under Smart and Skilled, NSW apprentices and new-entrant trainees or their employers pay a fee for the qualification rather than paying early or by semester. They may still pay in instalments over a number of years, but the fee is an amount for the qualification, fixed at the time the apprentice or trainee commences.

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Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network is a Commonwealth funded initiative that provides a free service to employers and apprentices and trainees to provide advice and support services tailored to the needs of employers and apprentices throughout the apprenticeship lifecycle - from pre-commencement to completion - through:

  • Universal services for all employers and apprentices, providing essential administrative support, payment processing and regular contact; and
  • Targeted services for employers and individuals assessed as needing additional support to complete the apprenticeship.

New pre-commencement services including screening, testing and job-matching will be available to targeted clients to get the right apprentice in the right apprenticeship with the right employer.

New targeted in-training support services, such as mentoring, will help apprentices and employers at-risk of not completing the apprenticeship arrangement to work through issues and difficulties.

Apprenticeship Network providers can also provide assistance to individuals who may be unsuited to an apprenticeship to identify alternative training pathways.

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Information for Employers

Employers and workplace supervisors play a central role in the success of apprenticeships and traineeships in New South Wales and are in a key position to maximise the success of training.

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Information for Individuals

Apprenticeships and traineeships are government regulated and one of the best ways to get job training and qualifications.

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Information for Training Providers

Training providers must be registered training organisations (RTOs) before they are allowed to train NSW apprentices and trainees. Only approved Smart and Skilled provider can get funding to train apprentices and trainees.

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A listing of popular publications and forms can be found here.

CAPS - The Continuing Apprentices Placement Service

CAPS - The Continuing Apprentices Placement ServiceContinuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS) provides a free job matching service for employers, apprentices and trainees to:

  • Help employers find apprentices and trainees who want to continue in their training
  • Help retrenched apprentices and trainees find another job in their chosen career
  • Support and promote a sustainable skills base for NSW industry and business particularly during the economic downturn

Note: traineeships must be in a recognised skills shortage industry or job.

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Page last updated: 08 April 2016