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Words you need to know

The language of apprenticeships and traineeships can be confusing. Below are explanations of some common terms you may come across.

Definitions of words you need to know
Term  Definition 
Apprenticeship  A legally-binding training arrangement between an employer and an apprentice that combines structured training with paid employment. Apprenticeships usually take four years to complete, with training taking place both at the workplace and with a training organisation. 
New apprenticeships (now known as Australian Apprenticeships)  The former name given by the Commonwealth Government to apprenticeships and traineeships when competency-based training was introduced. In Queensland, 'new apprenticeships' are referred to as 'apprenticeships and traineeships'. The current term is Australian Apprenticeships. 
Block release  Where an apprentice or trainee goes to the training organisation to undertake training for a block of time (for example, full-time for three weeks). 
Competency-based training  Competency-based training (CBT) places primary emphasis on what a person can do as a result of their training and experience. This means that the time required to complete the apprenticeship or traineeship is flexible. For time-based apprenticeships and traineeships, the training contract specifies a particular period of time. 
Day release  Scheduled days when the apprentice or trainee attends training with the training organisation (for example, one day a week over six months). 
Induction  At the commencement of your apprenticeship or traineeship, you will complete an induction with your training organisation, your Australian apprenticeships centre, and your employer. An induction is an introduction to the apprenticeship or traineeship, and outlines everything you will need to know about your training and working arrangements. 
Off-the-job training  Training that is away from work or removed from routine work duties. This can take place either in the workplace or at a training venue. 
On-the-job training  Training and work skills apprentices and trainees receive while they are working. 
Probation  A period of time at the beginning of an apprenticeship or traineeship which allows the employer and the apprentice or trainee to decide whether they want to continue with the apprenticeship or traineeship. 
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships  Allows year 11 and 12 students to achieve a Senior Certificate while working and training in an industry field  to achieve a nationally recognised qualification. 
Traineeship  A structured training and paid employment arrangement that involves a contract between the employer and the trainee. Traineeships vary in length from 12 months to three years. 
Training contract  A legally binding contract for training and employment between an employer and an apprentice or trainee (and parent or guardian if the apprentice or trainee is under 18 years of age. 
Training plan Outlines the training and assessment to be undertaken.
Training record  Records the progress and achievement of competencies by an apprentice or trainee, as outlined in the training plan. 
This page was last updated at 29-August-2013
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