Part-time and multiple training contracts
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It is possible to be employed as an apprentice or trainee on a part-time basis and/or to be employed as an apprentice or trainee in more than one training contract simultaneously.
Part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
To be eligible for a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship the following criteria must be met:
the working hours (including supervised training) averages a minimum 15 hours per week* over each four week period for the length of the training contract
the apprentice or trainee has regular working hours and is rostered to work on a regular basis
the relevant industrial relations instrument permits part-time employment.
*The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) may approve the registration of part-time training contracts with fewer than 15 hours per week, but only where the apprentice or trainee has a disability and meets the criteria.
Please note employees engaged on a casual basis can notbe approved to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship.
The nominal term of a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship is double that of the full-time equivalent. E.g. an apprenticeship that has a nominal term of four years full-time will have a nominal term of eight years part-time.
A part-time training contract can be changed to a full-time training contract if the employer and apprentice or trainee agree. They must apply to the DETE for approval of this change using the ATF-035 Amendment of a registered training contract form.
Persons wishing to pursue a part-time apprenticeship in the electrotechnology field must ensure that certain requirements are fulfilled before DETE will register the training contract.
These requirements can be found against the chosen electrotechnology qualification on the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.
Multiple training contracts
A number of possible scenarios involving multiple training contracts with the same or different employers exist. These possibilities include:
a part-time apprenticeship plus a part-time traineeship
two part-time apprenticeships or traineeships
a full-time apprenticeship plus a part-time traineeship or visa versa
two school based apprenticeships or traineeships.
If a registered apprentice or trainee who is currently employed applies to undertake a second apprenticeship or traineeship in the same calling, care must be taken to ensure that the second training contract does not adversely affect the first.
Government contributions and multiple training contracts
Apprentices and trainees in certain qualifications may receive a government contribution towards the cost of their training. This is called User Choice funding.
It is important to note that an apprentice or trainee can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time. In circumstances where a student undertakes more than one apprenticeship or traineeship at the same time, the student will only receive the government contribution for the initial registered training contract.
Visit the Training Queensland website to find out more about User Choice funding.
For further information
Phone Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.