When it comes to the apprentice training your employee receives, much of their success lies in your hands. As employer, it is part of your responsibility to provide the training plan and the proper apprentice training so that your apprentice learns and gets the experience they need to succeed in the career of their choice.
Step 1: Training Plan
The first step that you should take to provide the best possible apprentice training is to agree on a training plan. This plan outlines who will provide the training and how your apprentice will receive the structured component of their training. You can contact the apprentice’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to obtain any advice on what should be included in the plan should you get stuck.
A training plan needs to be created within the first three months of the apprentice’s apprenticeship. You should also finish the training plan before your apprentice undergoes any structured apprentice training.
Your training plan should include:
- An outline of the competencies to be obtained through the training
- Time-frames and responsibilities for achieving each competency
- An outline of the training to be undertaken and how you will deliver this training
- How much time will be allocated for off-site training
- Assessment details
- The qualification which is being obtained through the training
Step 2: Provide Supervision
As the employer, you will have to supervise the apprentice training that your apprentice or trainee receives. Your supervision will help your apprentice succeed during their training and will play a large role in their overall success in their careers.
Here are some things that you should keep in mind:
- You should provide a safe workplace where your apprentice can work and learn
- You should make sure that your apprentice gets the complete training they need
- You should also provide the necessary levels of supervision such as direct and general supervision, while being assisted by a workplace supervisor and/or coach
Step 3: Handle all Your Roles
You also have some roles and responsibilities as employer that you need to fulfill such as not only making sure that the apprentice receives the proper training, but also observing the progress that they make. You also have to work closely with your Registered Training Organisation to confirm that your apprentices are indeed gaining the skills and knowledge of their trade. To effectively do this, you need to make sure to keep your records, such as the progress card (for trainee apprentices only); the competency record book (for trainees and some apprentices); and the Registered Training Organisation-provided attendance card, to confirm regular attendance at their offsite training.
The other things that you need to also provide are:
- The opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge regarding their trade or traineeship
- A qualified supervisor or coach to facilitate the training in the workplace
- Access to structured off-the-job training as well
- Time to undergo RTO training and assessment
- A work environment free from any form of harassment or bullying
- Other benefits specified in the training agreement, like a tool allowance, etc