Employers are reminded that apprentices and trainees must undertake day-to-day work that relates to the skill level of the qualification.
Over the past year, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) prevented the registration of hundreds of proposed training contracts where existing workers’ jobs did not match the qualification, and where proposed trainees would not be supervised by appropriately qualified or experienced people.
Examples include proposed bulk traineeship sign-ups for the Certificate IV in Building and Construction, the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques, and the Certificate III in Business.
We are on the lookout for this, and we will act when we find it. It could lead to cancelling workers’ training contracts or revoking your approval to employ apprentices and trainees in Victoria.
Our authorised officers regularly contact and monitor apprentices, trainees and their workplaces.
Employers with questions about their obligations, or any trainee with concerns can contact the VRQA: