The Step-by-Step Guide to Hiring an Apprentice or Trainee in Australia
In our previous post, we discussed the numerous benefits of hiring an apprentice or trainee for your business. From bringing in new perspectives, to honing the workforce of the future, it is an option well worth exploring. Employers who hire apprentices can also benefit from incentive payments under the Australian Apprentices Incentives Program. If your business is considering hiring an apprentice or trainee, check out our step-by-step guide below.
1) Determine why you require an apprentice or trainee
Before employing a trainee or apprentice you should be aware of which classification will suit your business needs (full time or part time), what the role will include, and what skills will be used and taught.
2) Find an apprentice or trainee
Apprentices and trainees can be found through a variety of ways, including via a local Group Training Organisation (GTO), an advertisement online or in a local paper, a local employment agency, or through a personal acquaintance or recommendation. When using a GTO, the administrative requirements found in steps 3, 4 and 5 will be handled for you.
3) Write a training contract and plan
This contract will include the agreed upon qualification that suits both the trainee or apprentice and your business needs. You’ll also need to agree on a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver the training, and develop a plan with the RTO and the apprentice or trainee.
4)Register your apprenticeship or traineeship
Once the contract and plan are complete you must submit it to your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider. They will lodge them for registration with the State and Territory Training Authorities (STAs). A confirmation letter will be sent to you and your apprentice or trainee once registration is complete.
4) Successfully complete the probation period
An initial probation period allows you and the apprentice or trainee to evaluate progress. Afterward, you can decide if the arrangement should continue further. Generally, this period is 90 days long for apprenticeships, and 30 days long for trainees. If both parties decide to continue, the contract will be upheld for the remainder of the agreement.
Hiring and training the youngest members of your workforce through an apprenticeship or traineeship program will yield valuable results down the line. Through it, you develop multi-skilled employees, offer professional and career development, and ensure employees are empowered to deliver to your clients. Once you manage them well and help them achieve their full potential, they can greatly contribute to the success of your business.