Required resources for employing apprentices and trainees
When you decide to take on an apprentice or trainee, you will need to have enough resources to support them. For your apprentice or trainee to achieve competency in a particular qualification, you must be able to provide appropriate and adequate:
- range of work
- level and hours of supervision.
Learn more about adequate training arrangements for apprentices and trainees.
It is your supervising registered training organisation’s (SRTO) responsibility to make sure your workplace can provide these resources.
During the probationary period they will come and assess your workplace for its suitability. The SRTO will complete an employer resource assessment (ERA) document about the workplace which helps the SRTO to check you are able to provide the required facilities, range of work and supervision for the apprenticeship or traineeship.
If the SRTO finds that your workplace can’t provide what is needed, you can:
- amend the training contract to a qualification more suited to the workplace (for the facilities or range of work you can provide)
- agree to a temporary or permanent transfer to another employer
- have simulated workplace training and assessment conducted by the SRTO
- use a group training organisation (GTO).
These options and solutions will be documented in the ERA.
However, if you can’t meet the options recommended to you by the SRTO, the training contract may be discontinued.
Group training organisations
If your business cannot offer the full range of skills an apprentice or trainee needs to work in the industry, or the amount of work they are required to complete during their training, you can use a GTO. GTOs can organise for you to host an apprentice or trainee or share one with another business.