What is a training plan?
The training plan is an important tool for apprentices and trainees, outlining the details of the course they are undertaking, how the training will unfold over its duration, the compulsory and elective units available, the roles and responsibilities of the apprentice/trainee, the employer and of the training organisation.
It outlines the what, when, how and who of the training and assessment to be delivered to the apprentice or trainee. All apprentices and trainees must have a training plan and it must be their own.
Who prepares a Training Plan?
The nominated registered training organisation (RTO) is responsible for developing the training plan. They do this in collaboration with the employer and apprentice or trainee, within three months of the training contract commencement date. All must sign and be given copies of the agreed training plan.
Why is it important?
The training plan supports competency-based progression and completion of the apprenticeship or traineeship. It is a living document, meaning that any time something changes that affects the delivery of the qualification – units of competency are signed off, or there are changes to the training program, school studies (if applicable) or the employment arrangements of the apprentice or trainee – the plan should be updated to reflect these changes or updates. At the very least, the RTO must review the training plan with the apprentice or trainee and their employer three times per year to ensure it remains current.
If the RTO changes during the course of the apprenticeship or traineeship, then a new training plan must be developed.
The Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee (TTAC) has determined minimum requirements for training plans. These are detailed in the TTAC Policies and Guidelines.