Your training

Apprenticeships and traineeships give you the training and skills for trade qualifications. You will learn industry skills by combining on-the-job paid work with accredited training. You will gain:

  • the know-how to solve day-to-day challenges at work, plus
  • the theory and knowledge required in your trade or industry.

You will apply these skills and knowledge across a variety of workplace settings and in a formal training environment.

National training packages

All RMIT apprenticeships/traineeships fall under national training packages. Each industry has its own training packages to specify:

  • the qualifications available in that industry
  • the competency standards required
  • the methods of assessing the skills of apprentices and trainees for the industry.

RMIT’s training programs conform to the national training package standards. If you have concerns about the quality of training you are receiving, you can obtain a copy of the relevant training package from your RMIT school.

Training agreement

Apprentices and trainees are employed under a government-approved training agreement. This is an arrangement between the employer and the apprentice or trainee that sets out the training conditions and the type of training you will undertake. It must be lodged with an Australian Apprenticeships Centre within two weeks of the apprenticeship or traineeship commencing, and you must be given a copy of it within two weeks of starting your apprenticeship or traineeship.

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Types of training

RMIT is flexible and develops training suited to the specific needs of businesses. Every business is different and requires apprentices and trainees to learn different skills.

There are several ways study may be offered for your trade or industry qualifications:

  • online
  • block release from your workplace (one or two weeks, six times or more a year)
  • day release (one day per week)
  • fully flexible (you attend on-campus training when it suits you and your employer), or
  • a combination of the above.

How long is the training?

Apprentices are employed and usually train for three to four years. Trainees are employed and usually train for one to two years. Apprentices and trainees can be employed on a full-time or part-time basis. Completion of training for both apprentices and trainees is competency based, which means that you must be assessed as competent in the required skills for your studies in order to complete those studies.

You may be able to finish sooner if you can demonstrate you have already acquired skills through work experience or other training.

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Competency based training and completion

Under the competency based training program, an apprenticeship will be completed when:

  • all training within the training plan is completed
  • the training provider (RMIT) assesses the apprentice as competent; and
  • the apprentice’s employer confirms that the apprentice has demonstrated those competencies in the workplace necessary to complete their qualification, and by doing so complete their training agreement.

You end the apprenticeship as soon as you are deemed competent by RMIT and confirmed by the employer. There is no minimum duration for an apprenticeship, even though a nominal duration is specified in the training agreement to assist the planning process.

Pre-training personal review

RMIT will conduct a pre-training review. This will look at your skills, including literacy and numeracy skills, to:

  • identify any workplace skills (competencies) you already have
  • develop the learning strategies and materials that are appropriate for you
  • check if you need any additional support with your writing and maths.

If you need some extra help to succeed in your apprenticeship or traineeship RMIT provides support to develop your writing and maths skills. RMIT will develop the customised training plan for you before your training starts. This is the three-way plan that is signed by you, your employer, and your RMIT representative. If you are a school-based apprentice, it will also be signed by a representative from your secondary school.

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Training plan

A training plan is a three-way agreement setting out the training conditions and the type of training to be undertaken. Before you start training the customised training plan is signed by you, RMIT and your employer. It includes the following:

  • qualification title and national code
  • competencies to be achieved
  • timeframe for achieving competencies
  • training to be done
  • how the training will be undertaken
  • details of the time to be allocated outside routine work duties for structured training (when, how and how much)
  • who will be responsible for the delivery of training and/or assessment of each course
  • assessment details and arrangements
  • recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfer hours granted, and
  • any other specific requirements to be met in accordance with the training agreement.

Training plans vary depending on the type of apprenticeship/traineeship.

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Training plan for Australian school-based apprentices and trainees

If you are undertaking your training as part of an Australian school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, within two months of signing the training agreement, your training plan must be signed by:

  • an authorised representative of your secondary school
  • your employer
  • you and your parent or guardian
  • a representative of RMIT (usually the trainer).

RMIT supplies a copy of the signed training plan to all signatories. A copy is also provided to the relevant Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

Your secondary school must be informed when there are significant amendments to the training plan. This allows you as an Australian school-based apprentice or trainee to receive full credit in your VCE or VCAL. In consultation with your secondary school RMIT will report your results in a timely manner for the school to enter results on the VASS system.

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Taking a break from training

Sometimes training and working can be difficult to manage and you may wish to continue working but take a short break from training. First you should talk to your employer, your Australian Apprenticeship Centre, and your RMIT trainer. In some circumstances the training agreement can be suspended, in which case you will be placed on leave of absence from your studies and you may recommence study at a later date.

Employers must be central to these processes at all times—employers pay the wages and are the key signatory to a legally enforceable training agreement.

If you stop training without suspending the training agreement you may not be eligible for funded training at a later date.

RMIT must approve any leave of absence. You must complete an RMIT Application for leave of absence, available from the Enrolment forms web page and submit the completed form to your RMIT school. The form must be signed by your RMIT head of school or program coordinator.

Failure to inform RMIT of changes to your enrolment by the relevant census date will mean you are liable for fees and charges, even if you are no longer attending classes.

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