Apprenticeships and traineeships are a way to gain qualifications in a broad range of industries through combining on-the-job and formal training. Over 75,000 people are currently undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in Victoria.
Regulation of apprenticeships and traineeships
Apprenticeships and traineeships are government-regulated. This helps build the skills of the Victorian workforce and the future employment prospects of apprentices and trainees.
The VRQA is responsible for regulating the following aspects of apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria in accordance with section 5.5 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006:
- determining the term or terms of training contracts
- determining who are parties to training contracts
- approving training contracts and approving the cancellation, suspension or amendment of training contracts
- approving employees before they employ an apprentice
- determining approved training schemes.
The VRQA must inquire into any of the above matters referred to it. The VRQA may:
- cancel, suspend or vary a training contract
- order all or any parties to a training contract to perform an obligation or duty related to the training contract
- make orders in relation to the training contract.
Contacting the VRQA
The VRQA can be contacted on 1300 722 603 for enquiries in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships.
Other government agencies involved in apprenticeships and traineeships
Several agencies besides the VRQA are involved in apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria.
The Department of Education and Training administers funding to vocational education and training (VET) providers, develops policy and provides information to all participants in the VET market, including apprentices, trainees and their employers.
The Commonwealth Government provides financial incentives to employers and apprentices and trainees to participate in and complete their training. The Commonwealth Government funds Australian Apprenticeship Support Network to administer these incentives and provide information and advice to apprentices and trainees throughout their training.