Part-time and multiple training contracts (PDF, 220KB)
Part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
To be eligible for a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship the following criteria must be met:
- The apprentice or trainee's working hours (including supervised training) averages a minimum 15 hours per week* over each 4 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.
*Registration of part-time training contracts with fewer than 15 hours per week may be approved, but only where the apprentice or trainee has a disability and meets the criteria.
Note: Casual, irregular, occasional and intermittent arrangements in apprenticeships and traineeships are NOT permitted in Queensland. It should be noted the purpose of this limitation is to ensure the apprentice or trainee is receiving sufficient regular contact with the workplace to meet the requirements of the qualification and underpinning training plan within the framework of an apprenticeship or traineeship. Where the apprentice or trainee is regularly meeting the weekly work hour requirements for full-time, part-time or school-based established for apprenticeships and traineeships, within the averaging provisions, this is not considered a casual, irregular, occasional or intermittent employment arrangement for the purpose of this policy and the training contract.
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 8 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 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 industry must ensure that certain requirements are fulfilled before the training contract can be registered.
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 may 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 occupation, 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 a government contribution for a User Choice-funded qualification at any single point in time. In circumstances where a person undertakes more than 1 apprenticeship or traineeship that would normally be funded by User Choice, at the same time, they will receive only the government contribution for the first training contract registered.
The myApprenticeship self-service website allows apprentices and trainees to securely view details and initiate various tasks, such as change from part-time to full-time, relating to their apprenticeship or traineeship.
For further information
- The nominated Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider. Registered apprentices and trainees can view their AASN provider in their myApprenticeship account if they are unsure.
- Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.