Here at Master Builders we provide our apprenitces with a number of resources and tools to ensure their apprenticeship with us is smooth sailing from the get go!
Master Builders SA developed its Apprentice App to make it easy for our apprentices to access online platforms we use to submit timesheets, request leave, complete injury form and from time to time take our apprentice survey. Access to the App is provided after the Contract of Training is signed. The App includes the following:
- Daily Take5
- Weekly Timesheets
- Apprentice Leave Form (includes sick leave and annual leave)
- Apprentice Injury Form
- Skill Assessment Form
- Apprentice Survey
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a learning pathway that usually runs for four years, and combines on the job training with complementary off-the-job study at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). An apprenticeship can be through a direct employer or a Group Training Organisation such as Master Builders SA. On completion apprentices become qualified tradespeople with practical skills and a formal education and receive a nationally recognised qualification and a trade certificate.
What is a Group Training Organisation?
Group Training is a flexible and effective alternative to direct employment.
Group Training Organisations such as Master Builders SA recruit and employ apprentices and place them with hosts throughout their apprenticeship to undertake on the job training.
Master Builders SA take out all of the hassle associated with taking on an apprentice, including payroll, superannuation and WorkCover, as well as organising all of the apprentices trade school training.
Who are Master Builders SA Apprentices?
Master Builders SA Apprentices is a group training scheme that employs apprentices under an Apprenticeship Training Contract and places them with Host Employers who are professional trades people in their field looking for an apprentice. We look after our apprentices by providing them with the following services:
- Complete Contract of Training and meet the obligations of the employer as outlined in the Contract, such as:
- Registration with CITB and Consumer and Business Service
- Establishing and maintaining a training plan for you
- Enrolment and management of Trade School of your choice (TAFESA, ATEC)
- We organise the payment of your wage, Superannuation, Annual Leave, Sick Leave and other entitlements
- Conduct safety inductions and checks to make sure your safety on site is paramount
- Continuity of employment throughout the apprenticeship
- Managing and monitoring the arrangements with your Host Employer
- Providing care and support throughout your apprenticeship.
Do I need any qualifications?
There are no formal academic requirements to commence an apprenticeship. However, the Year 10 Certificate is generally considered a minimum and where possible we encourage students to complete Year 12 (SACE Stage 1 & 2).
Will I have to study?
Yes, Master Builders SA as your Group Training Organisation will take care of all your off-the-job study and will assist you to enrol in a Trade School to get your Certificate III Trade Apprenticeship. Apprentices usually go to Trade School at least once a week. Sometimes apprentices have blocks of training, such as a full week at trade school. This is depended on the trade chosen and the Host Employer.
How much will I earn?
This depends on the Award Rates in SA for your chosen trade. Each award lists the amount to be paid on an hourly basis and usually includes tool and special allowances. Apprentices can also claim a travel allowance.
If you are a Junior apprentice (under 21 years of age), each year, as you progress in your apprenticeship, your pay rate will increase.
When your apprenticeship ends, your wages will change to the appropriate rate for qualified trades person in your trade.
What happens once my apprenticeship is finished?
When you’ve successfully completed your apprenticeship there are a number of pathways you can take on your way to a rewarding career. Continuing to work for your current Host Employer, or looking for a position with a new employer, or you might even like to become a trade contractor and start your own business. Some people choose to go on to further education to complete courses from Certificate IV to bachelor level. Whichever path you choose Master Builders SA Apprentices will support you and even provide you with discounted training for the first 12 months after you have completed your apprenticeship with us.
What is a Group Training Organisation?
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine both structured and workplace training with paid employment. Apprentices and trainees complete a qualification, learning skills at work and at trade school under the guidance of a training organisation which can be either the direct employer or through a Group Training Organisation.
A Group Training Organisations (also referred to as a GTO are organisations that employ apprentices and trainees and place them with different host employers on a short or long-term basis.
GTOs are generally responsible for the following:
- screen and recruit apprentices and trainees;
- handle the administrative requirements of the apprenticeship or traineeship;
- pay the apprentice or trainee wages and entitlements;
- charge host employers an hourly rate for the time the apprentice or trainee works based on the cost of wages, WorkCover, superannuation and in some instances, an administrative charge;
- arrange the off-the-job training component of the apprenticeship or traineeship.
Host employers are employers who work in an industry that has fluctuating demands for staff or who may not wish to commit themselves for the term of an apprenticeship or traineeship. Host employers are responsible for providing on-the-job training to the apprentice or trainee during their employment. The apprentice or trainee’s GTO will support the host employer to provide this training.
The first couple of years of your apprenticeship can be a financial struggle. Support is available to help you when you need it most, depending on the Australian apprenticeship you do and your situation. You may be eligible for one or more forms of financial support.
Trade Support Loans
Trade Support Loans are loans paid in instalments totalling up to $20,000, over the life of the apprenticeship. These loans help Australian apprentices with everyday costs while they complete their apprenticeship.
Living Away from Home Allowance
The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is an allowance for eligible Australian apprentices who have to move away from their parents’ or guardians’ home in order to take up or retain an Australian apprenticeship.
Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY
Australian apprentices may also be eligible to access fortnightly payments if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Competency Based Training
Training Packages are made up of units of competency endorsed by industry. Apprentices are assessed against these units of competency by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) set the policy and apprentices can now complete their apprenticeship once all competencies of their qualification have been successfully completed and signed off by the employer.
Apprentices can demonstrate competency through successfully doing a task, exercise or activity. This way, apprentices may complete their training program at their own rate based on their own abilities.
Competency-based training allows apprentices to move through their apprenticeship efficiently while maintaining an emphasis on quality of work. Master Builders has set a number of competencies to be achieved dependent on the apprentice trade.
Once all parties agree, that all competencies outlined in an individual training plan have been achieved, the apprentice can complete their apprenticeship before the nominal completion date on the training contract within reason.
Connecting Education with Industry
The Department for Education and Master Builders SA are here to support Contractors to establish an Industry Immersion Program with schools.
This will enable students to actively engage in a range of experiences to build knowledge in the world of work and awareness of employment needs in the building and construction industry.
Find out more about the Industry Immersion Program via this link.
Need more information?
Contact our apprenticeship team today to find out more about our Group Training Organisation.