Training Packages Queensland
Australian Apprenticeships in rural and related industries
Each industry has collected details of all the skills and knowledge required by its workers from the basic level to the advanced. This has been done by industry teams through consultations with workers in each industry sector over many years and is continuously updated.
These ‘full collections of skills and knowledge’ are called training packages.
Within each training package, sets of skills and knowledge are grouped together at various levels of difficulty. Upon achievement of one of these groupings, the worker or student is judged to be ‘competent’ and is awarded a ‘qualification’, which is accepted Australia wide.
Qualifications may be gained at College, at School, with an employer as an Australian Apprentice or by Recognition of Prior Learning.
There are training packages for the rural and related industries and training may be undertaken in the following sectors -
Agriculture, agribusiness, dairy production, horse breeding, pork production, feedlot operations, production horticulture (fruit and vegetables), shearing, wool handling, wool clip preparation, wool classing.
Arboriculture, floriculture, horticulture, landscaping, retail nursery, production nursery, parks and gardens, and sports turf management (green-keeping).
Conservation and land management sectors
Conservation and land management, natural area restoration, vertebrate pest management, weed management, land, parks and wildlife, Indigenous land management.
Beekeeping, irrigation, commercial seed processing, rural operations, commercial composting, rural machinery operations, rural merchandising, and conservation earthworks.
Animal care and management sectors
Veterinary nursing, animal welfare, animal technology, captive animals, and companion animals and farriery.
Australian Apprenticeships in rural and related industries – information for employers
What are Australian Apprenticeships?
Australian Apprenticeships (a name given to ‘apprenticeships’ and ‘traineeships’) is the predominant way that existing employees, young and mature age, are employed and trained in rural and related industries.
An Australian Apprenticeship is a contracted period of employment and training that combines practical work with an employer together with theory from a training organisation. This provides employees with knowledge and skills that are specifically required to do the job. The standards for each skill have been set by industry and are kept under constant review. It is the same system used for traditional trades, such as carpenters and mechanics. Upon completion, the employee gains a national qualification which is recognised throughout Australia.
Australian Apprenticeships are available to most people from 16 years of age and over. This includes school students and family members where they have no equity in the business. There are no specified minimum educational requirements for participation. However, basic literacy and numeracy skills to year 10 standards are recommended.
Usually, employees begin as Australian Apprentices at the basic entry level, which is level II (one year full-time or two years part-time). Then they may progress to a higher level qualification at level III (two years full-time). Level III is generally viewed as the ‘trade level’. Some employers now encourage employees on to level IV (supervisory) then to the diploma level (management) and even higher. This system provides a practical career pathway for those who want to take it.
Benefits for employers
- You may receive financial incentives from the Australian Government;
- You pay the new employee a training wage;
- You make all the hiring decisions;
- You get to choose the training provider;
- You get to negotiate a customised training program to suit the needs of your property;
- You may get free training for the new employee from the state government;
- You get free assistance with the paperwork from a special government funded agency;
- You can employ direct or through a group training organisation; and
- You set your employees up for a career with you and not just a job.
Australian Government incentives
Financial incentives that currently apply in the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program can be obtained from your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider or call 13 38 37.
Note: Australian Government incentives may vary and change depending on government policy.
Queensland Government assistance
Also, the Queensland Government may pay some training costs for those undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships. Check this with your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider at the time you discuss incentives and other forms of government assistance as they relate to your particular case. See contact details below.
To find out more
Call an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider
As an employer you should do this whether you are just thinking about employing an Australian Apprentice or whether you have already commenced your employee with a view to an Australian Apprenticeship being offered. There are a large number of conveniently located Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider throughout Queensland which will provide you with a free service.
Choose a Provider or call the Skilling Australian Information Line line on 13 38 73.
To find out which training provider (TAFE, agricultural college or private training company) can deliver your training requirements in your area (the content, flexibility, where, when, their experience, ongoing support, your involvement and their availability) you should seek assistance with contact details from your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Some training providers deliver training and assessment at the work site whereas others provide this only at their own sites.
Call a Group Training Organisation
If you do not wish to employ an Australian Apprentice directly, or if you have seasonal work for parts of the year and cannot take on a worker for a full year, you should look at engaging a group training organisation.
They may be able to offer you a flexible and cost effective way of employing your Australian Apprentice. They take on the legal employment of the Australian Apprentice and then place the person with you (the host business) for an agreed period of time. You may be able to meet changing market demands more effectively by hiring according to your estimated peak periods, thus reducing your employment costs when your work is slow. Ask for information on their policies and procedures and also for a written quote. To contact a group training organisation in your area, call the freecall number 1800 819 747.
If you have any further questions contact the Queensland Education and Training Adviser -
Mobile 0411 423 803 or via email.
Updated October 2015