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ATIS-053
Version 1
January 2020
Changing the mode of delivery of a training plan (with or without an application) (PDF, 137KB)

Information to get started

During an apprenticeship or traineeship, there may come a time when an apprentice or trainee is not making sufficient progress to achieve the requirements of their training plan under the apprenticeship or traineeship, or they may be experiencing difficulties in achieving the requirements of their training plan.

The training plan must be negotiated and agreed by the employer, apprentice or trainee, and the training organisation (the parties to the training plan).

If the apprentice or trainee is not making sufficient progress or is experiencing difficulties, the parties to the training plan must work together to resolve any issues that may be preventing the apprentice or trainee making the required progress to achieve the qualification or statement of attainment under the training plan.

There may be a number of reasons why the apprentice or trainee is not making sufficient progress or is experiencing difficulties with their training, such as, the way the training is delivered by the training organisation:

  • does not meet the specific learning needs of the apprentice or trainee
  • may not be suitable for the type of apprenticeship or traineeship being undertaken.

One option available to the parties is to change the mode of delivery of the training plan. If the training organisation does not offer another delivery option, the employer and apprentice or trainee may consider changing their training organisation to another organisation that is able to offer a more suitable mode of delivery. The ATIS-007 Changing the registered training contract information sheet has further information about changing the training organisation.

The employer and the training organisation are obligated to notify the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training if the apprentice or trainee is not progressing under the training plan.

The apprentice or trainee may contact the department at any time if they would like information or assistance with their apprenticeship or traineeship.

Application by one party

If a suitable strategy cannot be negotiated to get the apprentice or trainee back on a pathway towards achieving the requirements of the training plan, and a party of the training plan believes a change to the mode of delivery of the training plan is necessary to assist the apprentice or trainee to make the required progress, the party may apply to the department to change the mode of delivery.

The party applying will be required to state the proposed change to the mode of delivery of the training plan, and the reasons for the proposed change. The ATF-051 Change to mode of delivery under a training plan (by one party) form has been developed for this purpose. A copy of the current training plan should be attached to the application.

If the apprentice or trainee is the party making the application, and is under 18, the parent or guardian will be required to provide their signed consent to the application if appropriate.

Involvement by the department

When informed by the employer, the apprentice or trainee, or the training organisation that an apprentice or trainee is not making progress, the department will, firstly, attempt to facilitate a suitable outcome between the parties.

If a suitable outcome cannot be reached, and the department believes a change to the mode of delivery of the training plan is necessary to assist the apprentice or trainee to make the required progress to achieve the qualification or statement of attainment under the training plan, the department will instigate a formal process to change the mode of delivery.

However, if any party makes an application to change the mode of delivery of the training plan, the formal process required by the department will be instigated upon receipt of the application.

If the department decides to change the mode of delivery of the training plan, the department will decide what the change will be and the date the change takes effect. The date of effect will be at least 14 days after the decision is made.

It is possible the decision by the department to change the mode of delivery of the training plan may require the employer and apprentice or trainee to also change their training organisation, if their current training organisation is not able to provide the mode of delivery suitable for the apprentice or trainee to make progress under the training plan. If this occurs, the department will assist the employer and apprentice or trainee with this process.

myApprenticeship

The myApprenticeship self-service website allows apprentices and trainees to securely view details and initiate various tasks, such as applying to change the mode of delivery of the training plan, relating to their apprenticeship or traineeship.

For further information

Contact Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

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Last updated 2 March 2020

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