Without a motivated and engaged trainer, an apprentice will never reach their real potential, and may even lose interest in finishing their course and qualifying as a tradesperson. Good trainers are the cornerstone of every training institute, and the Academy has drawn on the collective strengths of several different types of trainers.
Everyone can relate to the statement: ‘I don’t care how much you know, until I know how much you care’. But learners are particularly attuned to this sentiment when responding to their trainers.
1. Background theory training is supervised by the regional training manager. This is done primarily through the Academy’s website, but also via webinars, phone calls and occasional face-to-face sessions. Most of the training resources are in an e-learning format, and the training manager monitors the apprentice’s completion of assignments and provides continuous feedback on their work. They also guide and mentor the apprentice throughout the overall training program.
2. On-the-job practical training is carried out by the apprentice’s own supervisor or employer in their role as ‘workplace trainer’. This takes place during the normal course of the apprentice’s day-to-day work. The workplace trainers themselves are given extensive support by the Academy, including the provision of training in the Certificate IV TAE40110 ‘Trainer & Assessor’ skill set and updates to their
3. Intensive face-to-face training is provided in the three one-week residential workshops held at the start, middle and end of the program. Trainers include the regional training managers, industry experts and representatives from the alliance partners.