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Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships

The Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 (VET Act) allows the Minister for Training and Workforce Development to establish or vary apprenticeships or traineeships based on the advice from the State Training Board. The Board, via its Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships Committee (EVAC) make recommendations following consultation with industry Training Councils, including employer groups and unions. The EVAC makes recommendations to the Minister on whether the VET qualification will be available exclusively under a training contract or not, and also whether other conditions and requirements should apply, such as:
        • part-time or full-time arrangements;
        • school-based training arrangements; and
        • length of nominal duration.

In determining whether a qualification will be available under a training contract or not, qualifications will be placed into the following three classes:
        • Class A - 
qualifications must only be delivered when an employer and apprentice/trainee have
                          entered into a training contract.
        • Class B - qualifications may be delivered when an employer and apprentice/trainee have entered into
                          a training contract AND may be delivered through an institutional pathway where no training contract
                          is required.
        • Class C - qualifications cannot be delivered under a training contract, i.e. all qualifications not
                          classified as A or B.

The process for the establishment or variation of apprenticeships and traineeships is described in the State Training Board’s Guidelines for the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships.

The State Training Board endorsed new Guidelines for the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships. The new guidelines are effective for all new applications from 1 January 2014.

The new guidelines can be accessed using the following link:   

Guidelines for the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships, version 2.3 (endorsed 16 February 2017) 

Public Register of Apprenticeships and Traineeships Qualifications

Under the VET Act 1996, the Department of Training and Workforce Development must keep and make available to the public a register of this information including:
   ​     • Class A and Class B qualifications;
        • any conditions applicable to those qualifications; and
        • any requirement applicable to training contracts for those qualifications.

The register can be accessed using the following link:

Public Register of Apprenticeships and Traineeship Qualifications.

Penalties

Penalities may apply to a registered training provider or an employer who does not comply with the classification of a qualification.