Parties involved in in an Apprenticeship/Traineeship
- Partner Organisation or Employer
GTNT as the employer of your apprentices and trainees will facilitate recruitment, selection, provide management and mentoring support of training to ensure retention, facilitate payroll, and monitor workplace health and safety.
GTNT are flexible in providing your organisation to have as much input in the apprentice management as desired. Alternatively, if you wish to legally employee your apprentices and trainees, you can do so and GTNT can assist with our management service.
An apprentice/trainee could be entering the workforce for the very first time, wanting to work in a particular the industry or perhaps you have an existing worker who wants to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship.
If the apprentice or trainee is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must sign the National Training Contract as this is a legally binding document that outlines the agreed length of training and the type of apprenticeship or traineeship being undertaken.
- Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
This is the organisation that will deliver the training, conduct assessments and issue the nationally recognised qualification upon completion of the apprenticeship/traineeship. Training may take place on the job or away from the workplace.
- Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Providers
The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider - Australian Apprenticeships NT (AANNT) are contracted by the Australian Government to provide information, support and assistance to employers, apprentices and trainees to assist them with the sign-up and administration of their National Training Contract.
They are also able to provide targeted services to identified individuals and employers to help them successfully complete their apprenticeship or traineeship arrangements. AANNT are the body responsible for registering the National Training Contract. Any changes to the National Training Contract must be approved by the Northern Territory Government.
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FAQ's for Employers
- What is Group Training?
Group training is an easy and cost effective way to take on an apprentice or trainee. Group Training Organisations, such as GTNT employ apprentices and trainees and place them with a host business for varying periods of time until the apprenticeship or traineeship has been completed.
- What are the advantage of using GTNT compared to employing an apprentice or trainee yourself?
GTNT is the total apprentice / trainee solution matched to the needs of your business. GTNT manages all aspects including recruitment, training contracts, wages and entitlements, administration, training delivery and monitoring skill development. We save you time and money and let you focus on running your business. Our highly experienced Employment Specialists provide ongoing mentoring and support to mediate and solve any workplace issues that arise. Importantly you are not locked into a long term training contract. Apprentices and trainees can be changed and moved to suit your business needs.
- Does that mean I can choose to have an apprentice or trainee for only as long as I need them?
Yes. GTNT offers the flexibility that direct employment can’t. If your business requirements change and you find the apprentice or trainee is no longer needed then with GTNT you can make changes.
- If I use GTNT do I still receive the government incentive payments for taking on an apprentice or trainee?
Yes, you still receive the benefit of Australian Government incentive payments. GTNT claim any incentive payments on your behalf and offset them against your account.
- Is GTNT an affordable option?
Yes. If you calculate all the hidden costs of employing an apprentice or trainee (including your time and effort) and the experience and expertise that group training staff bring to the recruitment and ongoing management process then you’ll find group training delivers value for money.
- Can I choose the apprentice or trainee? Will they be a good fit for my business?
Yes. GTNT understands how important it is to get the right fit between the apprentice or trainee and your business. We will consult with you extensively and our proven recruitment experience will lead to increased job stability and higher levels of performance.
- Who monitors the apprentice or trainee’s training progress?
GTNT’s expert Employment Specialists, specifically assigned to your business work with apprentices and trainees to monitor their learning progress. They ensure your apprentice or trainee is on track to complete their qualification and is developing the skills needed to be successful in the workplace by regularly liaising with the Registered Training Organisation.
- What is a Registered Training Organisation?
A registered training organisation (RTO), is an organisation selected to provide the Vocational Education and Training (VET) to students, resulting in qualifications or statements of attainment that are recognised and accepted by industry and other educational institutions throughout Australia. Our industry experts will assist you in selecting the correct RTO to use and will then liaise with them throughout your apprentice or trainees training.
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FAQ's for Apprentices & Trainees
- What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?
Apprenticeships and traineeships offer the ability to ‘learn and earn’ from day one. They combine training and paid employment, leading to skills and qualifications that are recognised across Australia and by other employers in the industry. Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time, part-time or school-based and are available to anyone of working age. You can be a school student, a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or simply wishing to change careers. Apprenticeships and traineeships are available in a variety of certificate levels in more than 500 occupations across Australia, in traditional trades, as well as a diverse range of emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry.
- What is the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?
Apprenticeships generally last four years and cover traditional trade areas such as: building and construction; hairdressing; cooking; electrical; automotive; engineering and manufacturing etc. Traineeships generally cover a much wider range of occupations than apprenticeships, however the training is usually shorter, lasting between one and two years. A number of higher level qualification traineeships have now been introduced which take longer to complete. Both apprenticeships and traineeships are easily linked to further vocational education and university studies.
- What are the wages and conditions for apprentices and trainees?
Apprentices and trainees are generally covered by the same employment conditions as other employees. However, they are also subject to the conditions of their training contract. The training contract is an agreement that the apprentice or trainee and their employer sign detailing the workplace based training that will be provided. It also confirms any off-the-job training which is delivered by a Registered Training Organisation. GTNT can provide details of the pay rates and conditions by industry upon being offered a position. For specific information you can always visit the Fair work Ombudsman site (https://www.fairwork.gov.au/) or contact them on 13 13 94
- How old do you have to be to do an Australian Apprenticeship?
Participation in an Australian Apprenticeship is open to anyone aged 15 and over. The Northern Territory Department of Trade, Business and Innovation will assess applications that vary from this on a case-by-case basis.
- I’m not sure what I want to do. Where are the best career opportunities?
GTNT know what opportunities are available across a wide range of industries and have branches in four locations across the Northern Territory. We can help you work out what will suit you best and advise you on how to achieve the career and lifestyle you want.
- How can GTNT help me find an apprenticeship or traineeship?
GTNT employ apprentices and trainees and place them with a host business for varying periods of time until the apprenticeship or traineeship has been completed. GTNT are the NT’s largest employer of apprentices and trainees, and have a number of business partners ready to give you an opportunity.
- What is the difference between an apprenticeship or traineeship with a Group Training Organisation (GTNT) compared to other employers?
GTNT is your one stop shop for unbiased information, advice and assistance in finding the right apprenticeship or traineeship for you. It is our job to understand what type of apprenticeship or traineeship you are looking for and to match you with a host business that can offer what you want. Being employed by GTNT, you have access to a wide variety of host businesses instead of applying for a single position. You also have the opportunity to gain extra skills and experience by changing your host business during your apprenticeship or traineeship.
- What if I don’t like working with my host business?
For an apprenticeship or traineeship to be successful it is crucial to get the right fit between the apprentice or trainee and the host business. GTNT’s Employment Specialists play a vital role in monitoring the quality of the learning experience both in the workplace and off the job. They can act as a mediator to resolve any workplace issues that may arise along the way and can provide an alternative placement if this becomes necessary.
- What happens if I change my mind and I don’t want to complete the apprenticeship or traineeship?
With GTNT you have someone to directly talk through issues with. Upon commencing with GTNT you will be assigned an Employment Specialists (ES). Your ES is independent from your host business so you can discuss what is influencing your thinking. They can provide an objective perspective, explain the options you have and likely outcomes of particular actions. If you do decide to complete the apprenticeship or traineeship down the track then they can assist with a new placement at a later date.
- What happens once I’ve completed an apprenticeship or traineeship?
Your host business may offer you ongoing employment and you can choose whether to continue working with them or seek other employment. GTNT can provide practical advice on career opportunities and the next steps in progressing your career.
- What incentives might I be eligible for?
Apprentices and Employers may be eligible for Northern Territory Government and/or Australian Government funded incentives, including the Trade Support Loans, Work Gear / Work Wear Bonus and Commencement and Completion Incentives. Eligibility is assessed upon submission of the Training Contract.
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- What if I don’t like working with my host business?
If you are unhappy working with your host business, you need to discuss this with your designated ES. Your ES will be able to provide suggestions and as GTNT is your legal employer there may be an option to place you with another host business.