Australian apprenticeships are vital to the country's many trades. Even so, it's not always easy to understand exactly what's involved in becoming (or taking on) an apprentice, particularly when it comes to the fees associated with an apprenticeship program. This can be an issue on both sides of the equation, with would-be apprentices and employers alike often struggling to make sense of the paperwork, funding opportunities and fees associated with the process.
The best way to keep things simple is to work with an experienced training provider such as NECA Education & Careers, who will be able to provide assistance and advice, as well as various apprenticeship services. A key part of that is simplifying the costs of an apprenticeship for apprentices and employers. This makes it far easier to understand exactly what costs need to be accounted for, and who pays for apprentice training programs.
Fees for apprentices
The average cost of apprenticeship tuition includes training hours, as well as a general resources and amenities fee. At NECA Education & Careers, this fee is part of the overall tuition, while some Technical and Further Education (TAFE) providers may specify it as an additional cost. It's also important to remember that prices can vary based on everything from regulatory changes to the overall duration of a course.
These costs are in addition to government funding, which make up the remainder of the total tuition fees.
In addition to tuition fees, which cover hands-on training, classroom instruction and more over the course of the four year degree, apprentices may also need to pay various other fees. These include:
- Theory assessment resits
- Practical assessment resits
- Tutoring fees (per hour)
- Cut-resistant gloves
- Safety glasses
- AS/NZS 3000:2007 Wiring Rules
- AS/NZS 3008.1.1:2017 Electrical Installations – Selection of Cables
- AS/NZS 3010:2017 Electrical Installations – Generating Sets
- AS/NZS 3012:2010 Electrical Installations – Construction and demolition
- AS/NZS 3013:2005 Electrical installations – Classification of the fire and Mechanical Performance of Wiring Systems
- AS/NZS 3017:2007 Electrical installation Testing Guidelines
One of the most common questions that we receive in regards to apprenticeship fees is: Who pays for apprenticeship training? There's no one-size-fits-all-answer, but there is government funding available to certain students wishing to complete an apprenticeship at the Certificate III level. To obtain this funding, you'll need to either be an Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen, and meet the relevant age and employment requirements.
For a simple breakdown of the fees associated with becoming an apprentice or completing a short course – as well as concession information – visit the NECA Education & Careers apprenticeship fees, payments and refunds page. Alternatively, for direct assistance or advice, feel free to get in touch with our team directly.
Fees for employers
On the employment side of things, the fees associated with taking on an apprentice can include everything from meeting minimum wage requirements and preparing for the delivery of on-the-job learning through to the time associated with completing apprenticeship paperwork. These are in addition to standard costs such as securing uniforms and equipment, and the huge variety of different payments that need to be made can become overwhelming.
Leasing simplifies all of the costs of an apprenticeship into a single payment.
The time required to understand and make all of these payments can be just as much of a resource drain as the financial elements, which is why many electrical contractors prefer to simply lease an apprentice through a group training organisation (GTO) such as NECA Education & Careers. Not only does leasing simplify all of the costs of an apprenticeship into a single payment, it also takes the stress off contractors when it comes to processes they may be unfamiliar with, such as recruitment.
In fact, by leasing an apprentice instead of hiring directly, employers can get far more value from their investment, with recent Social Ventures Australia Consulting research finding that for every $1 invested by contractors with a GTO, they received a return of $1.70 – as reported by The Australian. This value comes from the experience that a GTO is able to provide in everything from screening candidates through to managing health and safety induction, allowing employers to focus on showing apprentices the ropes.
To find out more about leasing an apprentice, or the fees associated with both sides of the process, get in touch with the NECA Education & Careers team today.