Customers can refuse to pay tradies who work unlicensed. Fines of up to $20,000 can also be imposed. This guide takes tradies through the steps to apply for their license, and the reasons why its worth the effort!
HAVE YOU GOT YOUR UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER (USI) NUMBER?
From 1 January 2015 all students will be required to have a USI, because…government. This is a requirement for all courses, including the White Card and Contractors Licence courses.
It’s easy…follow these 6 simple steps
STEP 1: Have at least one form of ID ready: Driver’s License, Australian Passport, Medicare Card, Birth Certificate, Visa (with non-Australian Passport), Immigration Card or Citizenship Certificate.
STEP 2: Have your personal contact details ready: Address, email and/or phone number.
STEP 4: Agree to the terms and conditions and follow the steps.
STEP 5: Write your unique number down and keep it somewhere handy and safe.
STEP 6: Bring this number with you when you enrol.
Our popular pre-apprentice starts on Tuesday 3rd February. These courses help people interested in gaining an apprenticeship by giving them experience with the type of projects carried out by tradespeople. The course focuses on training in Bricklaying, Tiling, Solid Plastering, Concreting and Basic Scaffolding.
We have had successful students go on to gain apprenticeships across all trades. FCTA has a strong network of employers currently looking to hire Solid Plastering, and Tiling apprentices. Bricklaying apprenticeships come up on a regular basis, with the trade now seen as a major skills shortage in South Australia.
To arrange to meet with us about the course, call 8367 5615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This years choice for Apprentice of the Year was made easy, as each staff member – from all our trades – recommended Nathan Dekker.
Nathan is 75% through his Cert III in Bricklaying. His work is of high quality. He is normally the first apprentice to arrive in the morning, and the one who creates a great mood amongst everyone. Aside from the trophy, Nathan will receive free training in the 2 small business units required to apply for a contractors license. Nathan has enormous potential for the future. From the team at FCTA – Building Careers, we’d like to wish Nathan and his lovely family a Merry Christmas. We are looking forward to 2015 and working with Nathan again!
Apprentices are now able to have their wages ‘topped up’ via the Governments ‘Trade Support Loan’ scheme. Apprentices need to fill in an application form with their apprenticeship broker, sometimes called an “AAC” these are the people who come out to sign up apprentices formally.
Unfortunately trade schools, and employers are unable to do this for you. This is because the Government wants to make it clear that this is a loan that requires repayment once your income is over $50,000pa.
It’s a way to help apprentices keep their cars on the road, help with living expenses, and keep their tools up to date. Each 6 months apprentices will be asked if they want to continue receiving the loan payments, this is what they mean when they say ‘opt in’.
For full details, call you apprentice broker, if you don’t know who that is, call us and we can help find out who it was. Attached is a flyer with more details.
There are few things in business more complicated than hiring an apprentice. Recruitment issues aside, once you have found the person to employ you have to deal with a variety of different government and private companies to sign up your apprentice and try to grow your business at the same time. One very scary part of the process is working out the pay rate!
To be absolutely clear, it is the employers responsibility to find out the correct rate and entitlements from Fair Work. Apprentice brokers, Trade Schools can all give you a guide, but if we tell you the wrong information, it’s the employer that wears the consequence. Understandably this is why many people you talk to will refuse to give you a guide about pay.
Fair Work have just announced that they will be running an educational campaign to let you know about rates and responsibilities. Its well worth visiting their website to find out more.
Year 11 & 12 students once had the option to complete their schooling in TAFE/RTO colleges. These students were not interested in attending university, and had a trade career planned for after school. This was scraped and since high schools have tried to absorb the role of trade training centres but without the links to industry that true trade schools have.
This article was originally published: http://sourceable.net/skills-funding-overhaul-gets-mixed-industry-response/
South Australia has additional waterproofing requirements. These Ministerial Standards were updated in May 2012 and can be downloaded by following the link in our post.