The benefits of being a trainee with Rowe Training and Consulting

What are the benefits of being a trainee versus attending a TAFE or Uni as a full time or part time student?

As a trainee you learn ‘on-the-job’, which means that you are paid to learn the practical skills from day one. On the first day you will start your orientation, and each day after you will learn new skills and gain knowledge that will be recognized towards your study/training. Once signed up as a trainee you will receive a Trainee Learners Record Book which will track all the learning “on the job”.  Your trainer will visit you on site at the workplace approximately once a month and you will be able to demonstrate your new skills and answer questions which will be recognized as part of your formal assessment. You will also be asked to collect a number of items from the workplace as evidence that you have performed workplace tasks, such as safety checks and observations. The written assessments are not long essays or reports but are relevant what if scenarios and case studies that focus on the application of knowledge not just measuring your knowledge.

Traineeships are really aimed at those learners who learn through doing or experiencing.

Experiential education is a philosophy of education that describes the process that occurs between a trainer/workplace supervisor and student that infuses direct experience with the learning environment and content. Trainers at Rowe Training uphold this philosophy in the classroom, whereby you will find teaching methods different to Uni or Tafe. Trainers use various tools like games, simulations, role plays and stories in classrooms. The experiential education mindset changes the way that trainers and students view knowledge. Knowledge is no longer just some letters on a page. It becomes something that is transacted with in life or life-like situations. It becomes active. It starts to make teachers/trainers experience providers, and not just transmitters of the written word.


How is the Training Delivered?

Trainees are supervised in their own workplace where they will develop skills during their normal daily activities. The trainee will also undertake formal training, working through self-paced clusters supplied by Rowe Training, participating in one-on-one training with their trainer and by attending workshops. Trainees in urban areas will have regular visits from their trainer.

Those trainees located in regional and remote areas of  NT will complete their studies through a blended learning approach, one that includes self-paced study materials, web conferencing and Internet support from their trainer.

How Much Time is Spent in Training?

The amount of time spent in training depends on the previous skills of the trainee. However, it should be expected that if the trainee spends at least 2 hours per week working on their units, they will steadily progress through the units at an appropriate rate.  Don't forget, that the most important component of the traineeship is the on-the-job learning, by practicing your new skills.

At our first meeting, once the training agreement has been signed, an individual Training Plan is created in conjunction with the trainee, the supervisor and the trainer, so as to maximise the learning process. The Training Plan will document how and when the actual training is to take place.

When setting up each individual Training Plan, the following services have already been provided:

  • Our trainer will supply information for the employer and trainee, including contact points for Australian Apprenticeship NT, Training Services (Employment and Training NT) and Learning Support.
  • Our trainer will explain the Training Plan and establish a timetable for the delivery of competencies.
  • We will draw up an individual Training Plan, including proposed dates for progress visits. Informal progress visits are scheduled once every three months, at this time the trainee, the employer and the trainer will review how everything is going and make any adjustments if necessary.

 When Does the Training Start?

  • The training sessions start as soon as the probationary period has been completed.
  • Training visits are scheduled as required.  A typical training cycle involves our trainer visiting your workplace once every month, spending between 1 and 2 hours with the trainee.  If you have priorities for training or areas of concern, you can speak with the trainer and these can be addressed during the training sessions.
  • We are very flexible, just let us know when you are very busy and we can reschedule training to meet your needs.
  • The best place to develop new skills is in the workplace, together we will help the trainee gain skills which will make them a very productive, effective worker for your organisation.

 

Is Funding Always Available?

  • Rowe Training always endeavours to advise employers and trainees of the sources of funding available to them, yet it should be noted that not all trainees will have their training costs funded directly by the Government. There are occasionally circumstances where a trainee may be eligible to enter into a training contract, but they are not eligible for funding. In this instance, the employer would need to make a commitment to fund the training.
  • Once the training plan has been processed, an invoice will be sent to the employer for the first payment which is a non-refundable deposit of $1500. This invoice is payable 90 days from the training contract commencement date. An order for the balance of fees will be attached to the invoice.
  • On completion or at the 12 month anniversary of the training contract, whichever comes first, the outstanding order will be converted to an invoice and sent to the employer for payment.
  • Claiming Training Incentives
  • At 90 days, the employer may be able to claim incentives for the traineeship from the Australian Apprenticeship NT (AANNT), and then again on completion of the training contract. (Note: All incentives need to be confirmed with the AANNT).
  • It is always a good idea to call Rowe Training on  08 89275950 for any further advice on course costs or funding availability.

What are the Benefits of a Traineeship to your service?

Traineeships provide a range of benefits just right for your service:

  • The Trainee is trained specifically to your service requirements.
  • Increased productivity, worker motivation and staff retention.
  • Rowe Training provides on and off-the-job training, with negotiations around timing, location and nature of the training to suit your service needs.
  • Traineeships can be full-time, part-time or school-based, depending on what suits your service best.
  • A range of financial incentives for eligible employers available through both federal and state government, including User Choice. Make sure you contact the Apprenticeship NT for any other incentives that may be available to you.
  • Rowe Training offers nationally recognised qualifications and competencies from certificate levels up to Advanced Diploma

NT Occupational Shortage Employer Incentive Scheme

The NT Occupational Shortage Employer Incentive Scheme provides a financial incentive for businesses in the private sector to employ additional apprentices and trainees in areas with identified occupational shortages.

Each eligible employer who employs a new apprentice or trainee and maintains that apprentice or trainee in employment for at least two years of his or her apprenticeship or traineeship, will receive two incentive payments.

Employer incentives:

  • are released in rounds throughout the year
  • may vary in number from one round to the next round
  • will be advertised through public notices which will be placed in Territory newspapers to provide details of when a round of incentives has been released and how many incentives are available in that round.

For more information: NT Occupational Shortage Employer Incentive Scheme or if an employer is unsure if they qualify for an incentive payment under any of these criteria, they should contact Australian Apprenticeships NT on 1300 137 130, facsimile (08) 8935 8231 or email enquiry@aannt.com.au  for further information on this scheme.

So, Where to Now?

To enter into a traineeship, there must be a willing employer and employee, who are both committed to abiding by the rules and regulations of traineeships.

  • A trainee in the NT must be employed either full-time or part-time for at least 20 hours per week.  
  • Adequate time must be set aside during normal work hours for the trainee to complete their theory studies.
  • A trainer from Rowe Training will come into the workplace on a regular basis to work with the trainee, or if in a regional or remote area, we will set up distance meetings.

For more detailed information about traineeships and apprenticeships, please review the website www.australianapprenticeshipsnt.com.au or call: 1300 137 130.