Before you can take on an apprentice/trainee and enter into a training contract, the VRQA must approve you as an employer. See VRQA Employer Approval Process (doc - 733kb).
There are four key criteria the VRQA must consider, as set out in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. These are:
- the premises in which the apprentice/trainee is to be employed
- the equipment and methods to be used in training
- whether any person whom the employer uses or intends to use for supervising the apprentice's training:
- has the appropriate qualifications, knowledge and skill, and
- is otherwise a fit and proper person for the purpose of training
- whether the employer is a fit and proper person to employ an apprentice
When applying, new employers are asked to make declarations about any convictions for indictable offences. Also about any findings or convictions in relation to workplace safety, pay and conditions.
You have the option of providing this information via a declaration or statutory declaration.
If you opt to sign a statutory declaration, you will be exempted from verification checks.
Contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider to start an apprenticeship or traineeship.