During a 2015 VRQA regulatory campaign, a number of employers were investigated to check that commercial cookery apprentices were being properly supervised and trained.
All apprentices were enrolled in the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or equivalent qualifications and employed in the industry.
The investigation uncovered a number of problems, including:
- poor supervision of apprentices
- inappropriate work tasks or facilities
- apprentices not being released or paid to attend formal training.
As a result of the campaign, a number of training contracts were cancelled and employer approvals revoked.
Affected apprentices were able to continue their apprenticeships with different approved employers.