Group training organisations directly employ apprentices and trainees and place them with host employers. Many employers find the group training model convenient and effective, as the GTO shoulders the administrative burden that would otherwise be borne by the employer.
All states and territories regulate employers and apprentices/trainees in relation to their training contract obligations (i.e. employer obligations to provide skilled supervision and appropriate facilities).
Group training regulation places additional regulatory responsibilities on GTOs. It outlines standards, for example, for the induction and hosting arrangements that are inherent to the GTO model.
In June 2016 the VRQA Board endorsed a new co-regulatory model for Victorian group training organisations with the Apprenticeship Employment Network (formerly known as the Group Training Organisation of Victoria). This is similar to the VRQA’s arrangements with school system owners that are appointed as review bodies.
The GTO recognition process and forms required to be submitted for organisations seeking to be recognised as a GTO in Victoria are available on the VRQA website.
Steps to organisations seeking GTO recognition in Victoria
Step 1: Submit an application, including a compliance self-assessment against the National Standards for Group Training Organisations, and associated evidence. AEN can provide you with the login details to complete the self assessment online.
To access the forms, see:
Step 2: VRQA will assess the application and conduct a financial viability assessment, requesting specific financial information about your organisation.
Step 3: An audit will be conducted to determine your compliance with the National Standards for Group Training Organisations. This may involve a desk-audit and/or site audit.
Step 4: VRQA will provide feedback and seek a response from you.
Step 5: VRQA will make a final decision on the application. If the application is approved, recognition is granted for up to 5 years.
To find out further information and to access the forms please visit the VRQA website.