Interstate-based registered training organisations

Interstate RTOs seeking to apply for user choice funding to deliver training to school based apprentices and trainees in the NT must:

  • ensure training is only delivered in the NT
  • maintain a permanent presence in the NT
  • demonstrate provision of adequate support services to school based apprentices and trainees and employers, and
  • apply for such funding according to the process set out in the user choice funding policy.

School based apprenticeships and traineeships in the electrotechnology industry

Following consultation with electrotechnology stakeholders, the department has agreed that the following rules will apply to school based electrotechnology apprentices:

  • employers of electrotechnology apprentices must hold a current NT electrical contractors license
  • all school based electrotechnology apprentices are required to register with the NT Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board
  • the employer is required to provide a minimum of two days per week on the job training under the direct supervision of a licensed electrical tradesperson and the school is to release the students for these two days
  • block release is the preferred method of training for the electrotechnology industry:
    • school based electrotechnology apprentices should undertake a pattern of block release training at the RTO based on two by two week blocks per year with the option of a further one week block to complete any outstanding competencies
  • employers and supervisors must ensure apprentices record their workplace activities using electronic profiling. The profiling system must record:
    • work exposure and practice undertaken against industry standards
    • the level of supervision provided
    • equipment worked on
    • dates
    • other relevant important information
  • the apprentice’s profile will cover the spread of work experiences and all the critical requirements of competence for all parties to review - RTOs in the electrotechnology industry train and assess in partnership with the apprentice and the employer (supervisor / tradesperson) and use the information in the profile to help monitor, guide and support the apprentice’s development towards competence - profiling also helps to identify if there are areas requiring further attention or improvement
  • employers must sign an undertaking to clearly identify that electrotechnology apprentices will not be involved in work on any live systems or equipment
  • training both on and off the job aims to have school based electrotechnology apprentices who commence in year 11 complete the equivalent of stage one of the apprenticeship by the time they complete year 12
  • the department prefers that school based electrotechnology apprentices are either hosted to or employed by employers who will engage the apprentice on a full-time basis when they complete their schooling.

Last updated: 05 June 2019

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