The ACT Apprenticeship Model
The Australian Consolidated Training model for apprenticeships is based on a number of principles:
■ to develop workplace skills and knowledge, the best place to learn is at the workplace
■ to ensure happy employers, the training should be planned around the work happening at the workplace so that the apprentice is an actively contributing member of staff
■ the units of competency achieved in the first 6 months should ensure that the apprentice has basic skills (and therefore they are an asset to the business early in the apprenticeship) and knowledge (including achieving workplace health and safety competency before undertaking other units of competency)
■ learning on-the-job entails the development of effective relationships between the apprentice, the supervisor and the employer
■ a happy apprentice is one who is provided with constant feedback, guidance and assurance
■ the Trainer/Assessor is available for discussions, provides guidance and training to ensure that the apprentice achieves a well-rounded training outcome
Apprentice: actively participates in training and assessment activities, liaises with the Supervisor and Manager regarding planning for learning
opportunities/tasks and progress.
Supervisor: provides workplace supervision and instruction of workplace tasks, works with the ACT Trainer/Assessor in evidence gathering to support
assessment decisions, liaises with the Manager regarding planning for learning opportunities/tasks and progress
Manager: provides guidance, mentoring, support and encouragement, monitors progress and liaises with the Trainer/Assessor to ensure that
training outcomes meet the needs of the organisation
ACT Trainer/Assessor: provides guidance and direction within the apprenticeship, assists in planning for tasks and learning opportunities at the workplace, provides support to the apprentice to complete workbooks, gather evidence and undertakes assessment activities and evidence gathering activities, provides guidance and support to the Supervisor to support and enhance the learning process, liaises with the Manager to ensure that training outcomes meet the needs of the organisation, and provides any gap training to ensure the training outcomes meet the needs of the industry
Student Contribution Fees
Student Contribution Fees are an apprentice’s contribution to the cost of tuition. As an apprentice under the User Choice Queensland funding program, it is mandatory to pay Student Contribution Fees. Student Contribution Fees are currently set at $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit of competency (as set by the Department of Education, Training and Employment Queensland). These fees may change at the discretion of the Department.
Apprentices may be eligible for a partial or full exemption from these fees if they provide evidence they are in one of the exemption categories below:
Partial Exemption (apprentice must pay 40% of Student Contribution Fee)
■ If you are or will be under 17 at the end of February in the year training is provided, and you are not at school and did not completed year 12;
■ If you hold a health care card or pensioner card issued under Commonwealth law, or are the partner or dependent of a person who holds a health care card or pensioner concession card, and are named on the card;
■ If you have an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that you, your partner or the person of whom you are a dependent, is entitled to concessions under a health care card or pensioner concession card; or
■ If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
■ If you would be caused extreme financial hardship, you may be exempt from the fees;
■ If you are a school-based apprentice;
■ If you graduated Year 12 and you commence an apprenticeship within twelve months of completing Year 12 (by the end of the calendar year following completion of Year 12). Please note this applies to students who commenced their apprenticeship after 1 January 2014.
Student contribution fees apply for all units of competency (including any which are achieved by recognition of prior learning) unless you have previously achieved the unit of competency (either the same unit name and code, or deemed equivalent) and provide a Statement of Attainment as evidence.
To apply for an exemption, please complete the following Exemption Application Form prior to commencement.
Student contribution fees are payable prior to the issuing of each task book. Student contribution fees must be paid before you will be issued with the task book and commence training in the unit of competency. You may apply for exemption at any time for fees that have not yet been charged.
Refunds of Student Contribution Fees for User Choice Funded Apprenticeships
■ A full refund will be paid to apprentices for Student Contribution Fees charged for training delivery that has not commenced at the time of the cancellation of enrolment
■ Where an apprentice has withdrawn from a Unit of Competency and training has commenced, a refund of 50% will apply