By: Edge Employment Solutions  11-Aug-2011
Keywords: Training, Vocational Education, Disability Employment

A traineeship is a structured employment and training program, usually of one to two years duration (depending on whether it is full-time or part-time), generally in non-trade related areas. Financial incentives are available to eligible employers to encourage them to take on a trainee. A trainee earns an income, gains work experience and has the opportunity to learn new skills in a hands-on learning environment. On successful completion of the traineeship the trainee is awarded a nationally recognised qualification, which can lead to further study or employment.

Employers who take on trainees (including many who currently employ workers with disability through EDGE) are expected to have a strong commitment to training and to provide the necessary support and encouragement throughout the traineeship. Naturally, the employer and the trainee will be assisted in this regard by EDGE staff.

Trainees are expected to work toward achieving the training outcomes, attend off-the-job training or receive on-the-job training, complete the tasks set by the Registered Training Organisation, and keep a record of progress in both work and training. EDGE has a specialist Apprenticeship and Traineeship and who assist the trainee to meet these expectations.

There are a growing number of industries in which traineeships are offered. Traineeships are also available to students who are in their final years at school. School-based traineeships provide an excellent opportunity for students to begin preparing themselves for their future careers before they even leave school. The traineeship is also an excellent bridge to a work-based traineeship or apprenticeship after leaving school. EDGE has established partnerships with 60 Perth schools to assist students with disability to secure school-based traineeships through its very successful and popular SWEAT Program.

Trainees who successfully complete their traineeships are awarded a nationally recognised Certificate level qualification in their area of training. Traineeships involve a minimum of 832 hours of paid employment, which provides both valuable work experience and much appreciated income for the trainee. The training component of the traineeship is usually undertaken during school hours and can be delivered at the school, on the job or elsewhere. EDGE is currently supporting some 30 trainees with a wide range of disability in a variety of traineeships.

EDGE has established partnerships with three traineeship providers (Hospitality Group Training, Apprenticeships Australia and WA Group Training Scheme) that employ trainees and then place them with employers in a wide range of industries. The partnerships are mutually beneficial because Group Training Organisations can open doors to prospective employers and EDGE can provide on-the-job and off-the-job support to trainees with disability employed by Group Training Organisations.

Keywords: Disability Employment, Disability Employment Network, Training, Vet Providers, Vocational Education,

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