Apprentices and trainees who have been suspended, or lost their job completely
- you're not receiving Youth Allowance (Apprentice) payments
- you've lost your job and are not receiving an income due to COVID-19.
If you're seeking Jobseeker payments, you do not need to provide an employment separation certificate. This means that if you have had your apprenticeship suspended – but not terminated – you're still eligible for Jobseeker payments.
If you're looking for alternative employment you can:
Advice and support for apprentices and trainees
Apprenticeship support officers
Apprentices and trainees who need advice and assistance can contact the apprenticeship support officer program.
Group Training Organisations
If you are an apprentice of trainee employed by a Group Training Organisation (GTO) you can contact the GTO directly for advice and support. A is available on the Victorian Regulations Qualifications Authority (VRQA) website.
Information for employers of apprentices and trainees
The Australian Government administers employer incentives and training contracts through its Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers.
It has implemented three new programs that support employers to pay the wages of apprentices and trainees:
- Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements [SNN1] - this initiative provides a wage subsidy of 50 per cent, for the first 100,000 apprentices and trainees who commence or recommence an apprenticeship or traineeship on or after 5 October 2020.
Advice on accessing these payments is available from your . In most cases the relevant AASN provider is the one which processed your apprentice or trainee's training contact.
The Australian Government also has a range of .
Youth Employment Scheme
YES aims to increase the participation of young people in the workforce, while assisting communities to meet future skill and employment needs.
Advice on changing training contracts
Employers, apprentices and trainees may need to change training contracts due to COVID-19.
About apprenticeships and traineeships
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine:
- work-based training with an employer
- formal training from a training provider
They're established under training contracts between the employer and the apprentice or trainee. They're regulated by government.
The Department administers several programs to support apprentices and trainees.
The VRQA regulates the training contracts.
Reviewed 22 February 2021