Entering a training contract
An apprenticeship or traineeship starts when an employer and apprentice/trainee agree on a training contract and the training contract is approved.
A training contract is a legally binding agreement that places obligations on both the employer and the apprentice or trainee. It includes details about the duration of the contract and the training that will be undertaken.
A training contract may be varied, suspended or cancelled upon application to the VRQA.
To commence an apprenticeship or traineeship, contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider.
Variation of training contracts
To vary a training contract, an Application to Vary the Training Contract Form must be completed by the employer and apprentice and submitted to an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider.
Circumstances where a variation to a training contract is necessary may include:
- change of qualification/qualifications stream
- change of date of commencement of the training contract
- extension of the completion date
- change of RTO
- change of attendance type (e.g. school-based part-time to full-time)
- change of apprentice name.
Suspension of training contracts
To suspend an apprenticeship training contract for a fixed period of time, an Application for Approval to Suspend a Training Contract Form must be completed by the employer and apprentice and submitted to an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider.
Circumstances where a suspension to a training contract may be sought include a shortage of work (in this circumstance, suspension may be granted for three-monthly periods).
Other reasons where suspension may be approved for up to 12 months may include:
- travel overseas
- injury related or unrelated to work
- maternity leave
- other reasons.
Cancellation of training contracts
A training contract has a probationary period (usually 1-3 months) and can be cancelled by either an apprentice or employer during this period.
After the probationary period has expired an apprenticeship can only be cancelled when both the employer and apprentice agree. To mutually cancel a training contract both the employer and the apprentice must complete the appropriate form and submit them together to an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider.
- Request to Cancel the Training Contract Form - employer form
- Request to Cancel the Training Contract Form - apprentice form.
All forms can be downloaded from the right hand side navigation at the top right of this page.
A traineeship can be cancelled by either the employer or the trainee at any time during the training contract by submitting a Request to Cancel a Training Contract - trainee form to an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider.