Australian Apprenticeship Support NetworkExternal Link is the Commonwealth scheme that supports apprenticeship stakeholders by providing recruitment, support and administrative services nationally.

Apprenticeship Network providersExternal Link are agencies contracted by the Australian Government to provide apprenticeship services to apprentices and employers.

Approved training schemes
Approved training schemesExternal Link list which qualifications in a training package for a specific industry are available as apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria.

Australian Qualifications FrameworkExternal Link is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training.

Authorised Officer

Apprenticeship Support OfficerExternal Link

Australian Skills Quality AuthorityExternal Link

Child Safe Standards
The Child Safe StandardsExternal Link are compulsory minimum standards for organisations, including Victorian schools, to ensure they are well prepared to keep children and young people safe and protect them from abuse.

Credit transfer
Credit given based on documentary evidence or statement of attainment/qualifications for a unit of competency previously achieved.

Direct employer
The individual or business that engages the apprentice or trainee

An employer may be the individual or business that engages the student (a direct employer) or a business that engages the student through a group training organisation (GTO) (a host employer). The GTO is the student’s legal employer but the student performs work duties with the host employer. The employer, not the host employer, GTO is responsible for signing the training contract.

Group training organisationsExternal Link provide apprenticeship and traineeship employment opportunities through hosting agreements in a broad range of industries. In Victoria, GTOs are regulated and recognised by the VRQA to provide quality training and employment pathways for apprentices and trainees in a supportive environment.

Head Start
Head StartExternal Link is an apprenticeship and traineeship pathway available to all government secondary students from 2023 to spend more time working, while completing the necessary vocational training and a senior secondary or foundation secondary qualification. Head Start school-based staff support the student throughout the apprenticeship or traineeship, and engage regularly with the employer, registered training organisation (RTO), school and other stakeholders.

Local Learning and Employment NetworkExternal Link

Non-School Senior Secondary or Foundation Secondary Provider

Recognition of Current Competence (RCC) is defined as the process of assessment and formal recognition by an assessor of competence currently held by a candidate which has been gained through any combination of formal, informal training and education, work experience or real life experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal and informal) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

Registered Training Organisation

School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (also referred to as ASbA, which stands for Australian School-based Apprenticeship, and includes traineeships).

For the purposes of these guidelines, a school is a registered provider of a senior secondary or foundation secondary certificate, either the VCE including the VCE Vocational Major or the Victorian Pathways Certificate. This includes Non-School Senior Secondary and Foundation Secondary Providers.

Structured training – ‘off-the-job’
Structured training and assessment delivered by an RTO in a formal setting. It is often referred to as ‘trade school’ or ‘block release’. Timetables vary, but usually include a day a week and sometimes blocks of weeks at a training facility during holiday periods.

Structured training – ‘workplace-based’
This is the structured training (and assessment) organised to take place in the workplace by the RTO. It takes place when the apprentice or trainee is withdrawn from regular work duties.

For the purposes of these guidelines, a student is someone aged 15 years and over, enrolled in a senior secondary certificate, and undertaking an SBAT or a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship.

Training contract
An agreement signed by the employer and the apprentice or trainee (and a parent or guardian if applicable) specifying the type of apprenticeship or traineeship to be undertaken. It details the training obligations of employers and apprentices or trainees. It contains details of the commencement date for training, the duration of the training and the workplace location at which the apprentice or trainee will receive practical experience. A training contract must be signed within 14 days of the apprentice or trainee being employed.

Training contract commencement date
The date on which the training contract between the employer and the apprentice or trainee comes into effect.

Training package qualification
Identifies the title of the training package qualification directly related to the training, as described at Link

Training plan
Employers and RTOs must discuss the business needs and the learning needs of the apprentice to develop a training plan. Records detailed information of training and assessment for a student whose training is funded under the training contract. This information ensures that both the RTO and the student make informed decisions about the services required and the respective obligations in the delivery of these services. The training plan developed by the RTO with the employer details these arrangements.

Unit of Competency are the nationally agreed statements of the skills and knowledge required for effective performance in a particular job or job function. They describe work outcomes as agreed by industry.

Victorian Assessment Software System

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment AuthorityExternal Link

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

Victorian Certificate of Education

VCE Vocational Major
The VCE Vocational Major (VM)External Link is a vocational and applied learning program within the VCE designed to be completed over a minimum of two years. The VCE VM will give students greater choice and flexibility to pursue their strengths and interests and develop the skills and capabilities needed to succeed in further education, work and life.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Delivered to School Students

Vocational Education and Training

Victorian Institute of TeachingExternal Link

Victorian Pathways CertificateExternal Link

Victorian Registration and Qualifications AuthorityExternal Link

Victorian Tertiary Admissions CentreExternal Link

Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG) is an entitlement to a government-subsidised place in recognised training that can be accessed at a wide range of RTOs contracted to deliver training.

Glossary chapter for the Guidelines for school based apprenticeships and traineeships

Reviewed 17 March 2023

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