Establishment and variation of apprenticeships

The establishment and variation of apprenticeships process

The process for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships (Class A and B qualifications) is overseen and endorsed by the State Training Board. Apprenticeship in this context means any employment based training scheme, whether termed an apprenticeship, traineeship, cadetship or internship.

Section 60C of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 allows the Minister to establish or vary apprenticeships and traineeships based on the advice from the State Training Board. The Board, the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Minister for Education and Training and the Western Australian industry training councils all play key roles in the establishment and variation of apprenticeships.

To establish an apprenticeship or vary an existing apprenticeship in WA, a proponent will need to submit a Notice of intent to the Board. The proponent may be an individual business/employer, employer or industry group, union, registered training organisation, industry training council, the Board, the Minister, or other stakeholder.

Class A – This qualification can only be achieved by entering into an employment-based training contract with an employer; ie the qualification is delivered predominantly through employment based training undertaken with an employer. A training plan is drawn up between the employer, registered training organisation and the apprentice/trainee that sets out the ratio of on and off the job training.

Class B – This allows a qualification to be achieved either by entering into an employment-based training contract with an employer or through institutional delivery; ie the qualification is delivery predominantly through classroom/online training with some practical experience in a workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions.

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Guidelines

The State Training Board endorsed new guidelines for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships on 16 February 2017.

These new guidelines are effective for all new applications from 1 January 2014.

For full details on the process, or assistance with lodging your proposal, please look through the guidelines document. 

View or download the Guidelines for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships, version 2.3.

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Register of Class A and B qualifications

Under the VET Act, the Department of Training and Workforce Development must keep and make available to the public a register of Class A and B qualifications. The register includes:

  • the Class A and Class B qualifications;
  • any conditions applicable to those qualifications; and
  • any requirement applicable to training contracts for those qualifications.

The Register of Class and B qualifications is available from the Department of Training and Workforce Development website.

Penalties

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

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Overview of the process

This flowchart outlines the steps in the process for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships (Class A and Class B qualifications).

Select each of the steps to find out more.

Proposal created

A new apprenticeship* or change/s to an existing apprenticeship is proposed.

*Apprenticeship means any employment based training scheme whether termed an apprenticeship, traineeship, cadetship or internship.

Proposal lodged

The proposal is lodged with the State Training Board.

ITC consultation

The relevant training council/s must consult with employers, unions, and other stakeholders in accordance with the State Training Board’s Guidelines for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships.

STB consideration

(Delegated to the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships Committee)

The Board considers the proposal and may consult with other stakeholders, including the Department, as required. The Board makes recommendation/s to the Minister. Matters considered include:

1. Qualification to be classified (Class A or B – whether a training contract only, or not)

2. Type of apprenticeship (whether the person will be called apprentice, trainee, cadet or intern)

3. Occupation/title of apprenticeship

4. Nominal duration

5. Part-time arrangements (if applicable)

6. School-based arrangements (if applicable)

7. Any special conditions (eg pre-entry requirements) 

Minister seeks advice

The Minister seeks the advice of the State Training Board.

Recommendations to Minister

Recommendations are made to the Minister.

Minister consideration and decision

The Minister considers the Board’s recommendation and approves or rejects the proposal. The Minister may use his/her initiative to establish or vary an apprenticeship; however, must seek the advice of the Board who will make a recommendation following consultation with industry in the prescribed manner.

Decision published

The Minister’s decision is published in the Government Gazette.

Listing and notifications

The apprenticeship is listed on the public register and the State Training Board website, and affected parties are notified of the outcome.

Please note: If a proposal is rejected at any stage, the proponent will be notified. Otherwise, notification will occur at the end of the process.

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Lodging a Notice of intent

To establish a new classification or vary an existing one, a proponent must lodge a Notice of intent with the Office of the State Training Board using one of our four online forms. Please use a separate form for each establishment or variation request.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require assistance with this process.

To propose a new classification, use the Notice of intent – Establishment form.

To propose a variation to an existing qualification, use the Notice of intent – Variation (vary) form.

To propose the transfer of an existing qualification, use the Notice of intent – Variation (transfer) form.

To propose the removal of an existing qualification, use the Notice of intent – Variation (remove) form.

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Current proposals

The following proposals are currently being considered by the State Training Board. If you have questions about a proposal, please contact us by email or telephone.

A proposal goes through several stages, as indicated in the status column of the table. These stages are explained at the end of the table.

Qualification / Type of apprenticeship Proponent Relevant training council Notice of intent Reason Date lodged Status Comments
AHC21316 Certificate II in Shearing
Ms Kay Gerard, CEO, Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council  Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Variation - Increase nominal duration Industry need identified 26/6/2019 Industry consultation underway n/a
RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) Mr Ron Fleming, Racing and Wagering Western Australia FutureNow: Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council Establishment Industry need identified 13/6/2019 Industry consultation underway

Industry Training Council submission due on 30/8/2019

(extension)

FBP20217 Certificate II in Baking
Ms Kay Gerard, CEO, Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council
Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council
Establishment
Industry need identified
30/4/2019
OSTB consideration
 
PMB30116 Certificate III in Polymer Processing (Rubber Belt Splicing) Mr Adrian Tanner, REMA Tip Top Industry Australia Resources Industry Training Council Variation - Change in classification and nominal duration Skills shortage  12/02/2019 Consideration by EVAC  
CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations Ms Heather Gilbert, Crown Perth Financial, Administrative and Professional Servcies Training Council Variation - Change in nominal duration Industry need identified 20/3/2019 Awaiting DTWD advice   

 

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Proposal status

Consultation underway

The proponent and the relevant industry training council(s) are consulting with industry on the proposal and developing their submission for lodgement with the Board.

Department response

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is preparing its response/report on the implications and risks relating to the proponent's proposal.

Review by Office of the State Training Board

The OSTB is reviewing the written submission(s) to ensure that they comply with the guidelines and that all relevant information is available for the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships Committee to consider.

Consideration by EVAC 

The reports from the industry training council, the proponent and the Department are currently being considered by the Establishment and Variations of Apprenticeships Committee.

Awaiting decision by Minister 

The proposal is currently with the Minister for Education and Training in accordance with section 60C of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996.

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Completed proposals

Completed since January 2019

The following proposals (establishments and variations) have been considered by the State Training Board to date in 2019.

Establishments

Apprenticeship name Qualification Proponent Training Council Date Lodged Status Outcome
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT (LEVEL 3) RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction Stream 8 Traffic Management Ms Erin Studsor, Traffic Force Construction Training Council 5/12/2018
Approved
3/3/2019
GG No.34 of 2019
15 March 2019
REMOTE COMMUNITIES UTILITIES WORKER UET30912 Certificate III in ESI - Remote Community Utilities Worker Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council 17/9/2018 Approved
 
PAINTER AND DECORATOR CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating Ms Lauren Hollows & Mr Michael Campbell, Perth College of Business & Technology Construction Training Council 18/10/2018 Not Approved
10/1/2019
N/A

Bulk gazettals of prescribed VET qualifications can be found in the Classification of prescribed VET qualifications document.
For a consolidated list of all proposals that have been considered by the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships Committee between 2009 and 2018, please view EVAC 2009 to 2018. If you need to view industry training council submissions received by EVAC, please contact us.

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Applications resulting from training package updates

A streamlined process has been developed to simplify EVAC applications for replacement Class A or B apprenticeships and traineeships that result from national training package updates. Qualifications deemed equivalent and qualifications that are deemed to be non-equivalent but still having the same occupation outcome can undergo this expedited process. This process is considered to meet the legislative requirements under the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 and associated Regulations.

The same occupational outcome is defined as “where any of the national or state ANZSCO or secondary ANZSCO codes assigned to the replacement qualification are the same as for the original qualification.”

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Page last updated July 07, 2017