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Your questions answered regarding being a host employer which is something that every business owner who is capable needs to consider, not only because of how rewarding it can be on a personal level but also on a more pragmatic level.

We need to ensure that we continue the training and employment cycle and educate our young people to ensure that they have the tools and knowledge to continue on with their careers in their chosen field, hence contributing to a brighter more vibrant future for all.

By taking on an apprentice through DGT you are able to focus on your business and leave the legal, HR, IR, WH&S requirements to DGT to take care of. The biggest advantage of using DGT is the flexibility and support offered.

You are able to host for the entirety of the apprentices training or short periods to suit your business needs, whilst our team support you every step of the way, no matter your requirements.

What benefits do I get of being a host employer?

  • 1 hourly charge rate

  • Recruitment, short listing and job suitability assessment

  • Tax deductible

  • Payroll facility and administration service

  • Comprehensive apprentice/trainee employment induction including work health and safety induction and support

  • Apprentice/Trainee industrial relations advice

  • Access to experienced industry specific Employment Consultants

  • Arrange all on and off the job training

  • Regular structured on site visits – a minimum of 8 visits per year

What does it take to be a Host Employer?

An ideal host employer is someone that is patient, cares about the apprentices and wants to impart their knowledge onto them. They look at the bigger picture around training our youth and realise that if we train today we all prosper in the future.

So what does it take?

  • Patience 

  • Commitment to a learning environment 

  • An understanding of how it will all works

  • Reputable and Trustworthy business

  • Appropriately deemed facilities

If you have ticked all of these boxes you will also be assessed on your ability to work with DGT to enable our apprentices to be better and to allow yourself to also be better as a consequence of this journey, as for us it is about quality of host employers NOT quantity. 

What is the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

Both an apprenticeship and traineeship are legally-binding training agreements between employers such as yourself and DGT. Both enable young job seekers to earn an income while they learn a trade as part of a nationally recognised qualification. 

Apprenticeships result in a trade qualification at Certificate Level III or above, taking around four years to complete ideally. Training occurs both on and off the job and will involve some form of institutionalised training with a Supervised Registered Training Organisation (SRTO) such as DGT and TAFE.

Traineeships provide a nationally recognised qualification at Certificate Level II, III or IV. One major difference is that traineeships generally only last around a year, however there are many new traineeships that can be up to three years in duration. Training can occur on and off the job, however in the majority of cases the training can be completed fully on the job with the help of a Supervised Registered Training Organisation (SRTO) such as DGT or TAFE.

What different types of apprenticeships and traineeships are there?

There are three main types full-time, part-time and school based. 

  • Full-time - Apprentices and Trainees work and train full-time, usually 36 to 38 hours a week.

  • Part-time - Apprentices and Trainees work and train no less than 15 hours a week, averaged over a four week cycle. Generally the nominal term is double that of a full-time schedule, however competency based training may mean that it can be completed in a shorter timeframe.

  • School-based - Apprentices and Trainees undertake this training as part of their high school studies. Employment and training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.

How do I know if I could be a host employer?

If you have what it takes then selecting the right apprenticeship or traineeship for your business means:

  • deciding what the job entails

  • identifying the skills required to do the job

  • ​determining whether the employee needs to be full-time, part-time or school-based 

Then go ahead and search the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website for the closest relevant qualification and for a full list of apprenticeships and traineeships​.

Who can become my apprentice?

Anyone between the age of 13 to 64 can become an apprentice or trainee, however age restrictions apply to particular programs. To check if there is a minimum age requirement for the particular apprenticeship or traineeship you are considering, refer to the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website or contact DGT.

If an applicant is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must sign the training contract and take responsibilities for some of the training program.

I have an employee who ​would benefit from becoming an apprentice or trainee. Are they eligible?

Yes, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements​ to participate in an apprenticeship or traineeship in Queensland.

If your employee has worked for you, continuously, for longer than three months full-time or 12 months part-time/casual, before commencing the apprenticeship or traineeship, they will be considered to be an 'existing worker'. Existing workers are eligible to participate in apprenticeships and traineeships however, their funding for training may be reduced. Please contact DGT for further information.

What are the eligibility requirements?

As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia. Any other person wanting to participate in an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia must have a visa allowing employment.

Is there a prob​ationary period as part of the training contract for apprentices and trainees?

Each apprenticeship and traineeship has a set probationary period which provides an opportunity for you and your apprentice or trainee to work together and decide whether to continue with the apprenticeship or traineeship. During this time you should assess your apprentice or trainee's work ethic, reliability and potential to succeed in the chosen apprenticeship or traineeship.vv

As a general rule, probationary periods for apprenticeships last 90 days and traineeships last 30-60 days, however DGT works with you even after this initial period to ensure the best outcomes are being reached.

What if it doesn’t work out with my apprentice or trainee?

A key feature of group training is the emphasis on mentoring and support for apprentices and employers alike. Experienced consultants provide hands-on support, helping to resolve any workplace issues that arise. DGT will work with you in any situation you are unhappy towards a mutually beneficial resolution for both you and your apprentice. 

If mediation does not reach a resolution DGT will assist in resolving the matter which may involve moving the apprentice into a more suitable business, at no cost or hassle to you. We then work with you to ensure a replacement apprentice is found.

What happens to my apprentice or trainee if I sell my business?

If you sell your business, and the new owner agrees to continue employing and training your apprentice or trainee in the apprenticeship or traineeship, the training contract continues under the new owner. DGT will facilitate this changeover however if you require further information please contact us. 

How do I complete​​ the apprenticeship or traineeship and is there a limit to how quickly the apprenticeship or traineeship can be completed?

The apprenticeship or traineeship is complete once you, your apprentice or trainee and DGT agree that all the requirements of the training plan have been fulfilled.

While there is no formal limit, how quickly an apprenticeship or traineeship can be completed will depend on a range of factors, including the competence and skills of the apprentice or trainee, your ability to provide work experience in the range of competencies required and our ability to provide flexible training programs.

The expected duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship will be discussed with DGT’s Employment Consultants at the time of induction and be reviewed as monitoring takes place during the apprenticeship or traineeship.

 

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Still have questions?

Contact our team here or email Kimberley Jessen directly and she will be sure to be in touch soon.

kimberley.jessen@dgt.org.au

 

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