Australian Apprenticeships can provide a pathway to a career change for people looking to re-enter the workforce and for people who are currently working.
Australian Apprenticeships combine work with training in a nationally recognised qualification. Australian Apprenticeships are available in over 60 industries.
Employees and employers can select a qualification in their industry, help determine the training content through the development of an individual Training Plan, and discuss with a training provider how the training can be delivered in a way that meets the needs of the workplace.
An Australian Apprenticeship may be available to you and your employer with the financial support of the Australian State and Territory Governments.
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Support for Adult Australian Apprentices
The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative aims to remove barriers for Adult Australian Apprentices and to encourage up-skilling by adult workers through an Australian Apprenticeship.
An Australian Apprentice may be eligible to attract the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative payments for either themselves or their employer where:
- the Australian Apprentice is aged 25 over when they commence their Australian Apprenticeship; and
- the qualification being undertaken is at the Certificate III or IV level and leads to an occupation that is on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL); and
- they meet the eligibility criteria.
- The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments are made to either the employer or the Australian Apprentice depending on the actual wage paid to the Australian Apprentice.
Please note that the apprentice payment of Support for Adult Australian Apprentices will be removed from 1 July 2015. Payments that fall due before this date will still be paid.
Mature Aged Worker Incentive
Disadvantaged mature aged workers (aged 45 years or older) face particular barriers to employment and training. Employers of a mature aged apprentice, may be eligible for a special Mature Aged Worker incentive. Click through to go to the Department of Industry fact sheet download page and open the 'Summary of the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program' fact sheet. This Government fact sheet outlines the incentives that may be available to employers.
About Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)
A Registered Training Organisation (RTO) may be a public organisation (for example a TAFE) or a private organisation. An employer may also apply to become an RTO.
RTOs must adhere to nationally consistent standards. Their performance is audited by State/ Territoryor Commonwealth government .
RTOs may deliver training supported by public funding, such as in the case of Australian Apprenticeships, or 'fee for service' courses. RTOs may deliver training at various levels from 'pre-apprenticeships' programs to higher level qualifications that articulate into Tertiary study.
This link explains that if you have already gained skills, experience and knowledge through completing courses, life experience or work experience, this may provide you with credit towards the completion of a qualification that relates to your occupation or the occupation that you want to move in to.
It's Not About Age - ACCI Issues Paper
The Not About Age, Pathways For Engaging Mature Aged People And Existing Workers As Apprentices" issues paper continues the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (ACCI) research into the more effective harnessing of the skills and experience of mature age people and the retention of existing apprentices.