Fire Industry Training (FiT) was established to provide training and development for the Fire Protection Industry. The support of employers in our industry has been critical to the success of the school and this is nowhere more evident than in our training of apprentices. Apprenticeships are a three-way agreement between the employer, apprentice and the Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
FiT’s role in this agreement is to provide National Accredited Qualifications which underpins the apprenticeship and the employer has a critical role in supporting that education with workplace learning.
It is essential to the apprentice’s progress that the employer signs off “on the job competence” for a number of subjects covered in class. FiT will contact employers each time confirmation is required and discuss topics of the competence.
As all the training FiT delivers is directly related to the fire protection industry, the support of employers is important in achieving the right outcome for the individual student, and for the overall benefit of our industry, by ensuring a well-trained, highly skilled workforce.
Useful contacts for employers of apprentices:
The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) provides information regarding signing up an apprentice and the financial incentives available to employers and apprentices: www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/employers.
Apprentice Wage Rates; EBA companies can confirm apprentice wage rates with the PTEU here: www.pteu.asn.au/apprentices/rates.
Fair Work Commission for general information regarding employees can be obtained from Fair Work Australia: www.fwc.gov.au.