Do I have to pay the trainee the same rate of pay when they are training?
Yes, trainees must be paid at least the minimum or training wage as set out in the State or Federal industrial award or workplace agreement under which they have been employed.
Can the apprentice take the traineeship with them if they leave my employ?
Yes, a trainee can transfer to another employer providing that all parties are in agreement. Applications are to be made to the STAs within 14 days or the transfer. This process can be assisted by your AAC.
What happens if I need to terminate a trainee's employment?
A trainee may be terminated by either the employer or trainee giving notice in accordance with the provisions of the award or agreement under which the trainee is employed.
Can I cancel the traineeship?
Yes, a traineeship can be cancelled by mutual agreement between the employer and trainee at any time if both parties agree to do so. This application must be submitted to the STA, your AAC can assist with this process. Check with your AAC to see how much notice you need to give the STA.
We are experiencing a lack of work. Can I put the traineeship on hold?
Yes, this is called a suspension of the contract. It is also a mutual agreement between the employer and the trainee. This application must be submitted to the STA, your AAC can assist with this process. Check with your AAC to see how much notice you need to give the STA.
Can I change the way the trainee does the training, like online or face to face?
Yes, changes to the training plan will require a change in the contract. This application must be submitted to the STA, your AAC can assist with this process. Check with your AAC to see how much notice you need to give the STA.
How do I know when the trainee has finished the traineeship?
STAs will notify you by mail when a traineeship is due for completion. As you have been monitoring your trainee's progress you will know if they have completed the requirements.
I received a letter stating that my trainee is due to complete, but not all the requirements have been met. Will I still get my incentive payment?
No, if the traineeship contract date of completion is due and not all areas of the program are complete then you will not receive incentive payments. You need to apply for an extension of contract so that the trainee can complete the requirements. This is a straight forward process that you can take with the STA, or the AAC could assist you with this.
The trainee just finished all of the requirements but the contract is not due for a few months. What happens now, do I need to wait or can we get our incentive early?
Once you have received the certificate from the RTO you can apply for early completion. Upskilled normally forwards all the required information to complete the traineeship with instructions on how to achieve this. You may want to contact your AAC, as early completion may have an impact on other benefits you may be receiving under the traineeship, like reductions on payroll tax if applicable to your circumstance and state.