Becoming an apprentice or trainee is the best way to combine paid work with structured training and gain a nationally accredited qualification.
It is also a big commitment so it’s important that you understand your rights and obligations when you apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Rights and obligations
MEGT is a registered Group Training Organisation (GTO). If you are successful in obtaining an apprenticeship or traineeship advertised by our recruitment team, MEGT will be your legal employer and we will place you with a Host Employer (see Host Employer section).
- This link outlines the role of a GTO as well as our obligations.
- This link outlines the rights and obligations of an apprentice or trainee.
If you are successful in obtaining a position with MEGT, you will be required to sign an employment agreement and a Training Contract (see Training section). The terms and conditions of your employment will be based on the relevant award used by your Host Employer.
Further information about employment conditions can be found here.
This is the organisation where you will undertake your daily work and on-the-job training.
Your apprenticeship or traineeship involves formal training which can be completed both on and off the job. It is a requirement of your employment with MEGT that you commit to the training period and completion of your training requirements. If you have undertaken previous study or have prior work experience, you may be granted credit towards your apprenticeship or traineeship qualification (see Recognition of Prior Learning section).
When you are signed up as an apprentice or trainee, you will enrol with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) who will deliver your training. Your RTO will also have you and MEGT (as your legal employer) sign a training plan which outlines the training to be undertaken and the period when each module will be completed.
This document also includes the obligations of you, MEGT, and your RTO when it comes to your training.
Training plans are compulsory and it is the obligation of all parties to ensure the plan is closely monitored and referred to throughout the apprenticeship or traineeship.
Looking for work or starting a new job can feel overwhelming – but they don’t have to be!
The following services are available to provide you with support throughout your job seeking and employment journey.
Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au
Reading writing hotline: 1300 655 506
Useful information regarding apprenticeships and traineeships
If you are new to apprenticeships and traineeships, you may not be familiar with some of the terms that are used. Here are some of the most common terms you will come across and their definitions.
Recognition of Prior Learning – RPL
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training.
Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships are competency-based, which means completion can occur at any stage as long as all parties – employer, apprentice or trainee, and Registered Training Organisation – agree that the required skills (competencies) have been achieved.