Site under re-construction.
New workplace laws come into effect on July 1st 2009. This site will be
updated shortly to reflect the new Fair Work laws.
The apprenticeship system
has changed from what was familiar to many people. Traditionally the
term covered those who wanted to become tradespeople only. New areas of
learning have been added in recent years to the traineeship system,
beyond what were traditionally trades areas, eg hospitality, clerical,
retail work now have traineeships.
Formerly an apprentice
signed an indenture of training with an employer for a period, commonly
four years. Training now is generally competency-based, not time-based,
ie an apprentice can finish their learning sooner than previously so
long as they achieve the defined competencies.
Structured learning has
been arranged into modules, each of which can be tested. Some training
is now delivered as part of post-compulsory school years.
Further information about
apprenticeship and traineeship systems in the different states and
territories, and nationally, can be found at the following links:
New South Wales
(Apprenticeships - follow link on left of page)
South Australia (Traineeships)
Training Authority - now part of the Department of Education, Science