Apprenticeships and traineeships are flexible and can be changed to suit the needs of your business and your apprentice or trainee.
Making changes to your training contract
Over the course of training, you or your apprentice may want to change the arrangements in the training contract such as the hours of training, the qualification or the training provider.
Changes can be made to the training contract with the agreement of the employer and the apprentice or trainee (and their parent or guardian if they’re under 18).
To make a change to your training contract, complete the relevant form below and submit it using our contact details on the form.
We’ll advise you in writing whether the change has been approved and the contract altered.
Changes to your training contract may include:
If your apprentice is transferring to a new employer, both the new and former employer need to complete the transfer to a new employer form within 21 days.
Changes can be made to apprentice and trainee work hours or between full-time and part-time employment.
The minimum hours for part-time work under a training contract is 15 per week.
For guidelines on minimum hours in training and employment, visit Training and Skills Commission.
If your training contract commenced on or before February 2017 and an updated version of your apprentice’s qualification becomes available, you’ll need to apply to change the qualification.
To check the register of approved employers, visit the Training and Skills Register.
To move to a new Registered Training Organisation (RTO), first advise the current provider that you wish to change. The new provider will negotiate a new training plan for your apprentice.
When your apprentice achieves competency in the workplace and completes their qualification, you can apply to complete the training contract. Apprentices are issued a trade certificate and trainees a notice of completion.
In exceptional circumstances, you can apply to extend an apprenticeship if there are significant delays to the training or you or your trainee decide they need more time to demonstrate they are competent to industry standards. To avoid the need for an extension, contact us as soon as you think you may have a problem meeting your obligations to provide employment and training.
Please note, you need to request an extension before the training contract end date passes.
It may be necessary to suspend a training contract for reasons including a non-work related injury or illness, or a downturn in work or the relocation of your business premises.
If you think you need to suspend an apprenticeship because of serious and wilful misconduct, see Resolving problems and disputes.
If you’re unable to resolve a dispute, after all other options and support have been explored, you can apply to terminate your training contract. Only the Training and Skills Commssion or the South Australian Employment Tribunal can terminate a training contract.
We can help you look at other options before you apply to terminate your contract. For support and to talk to an advisor, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.
The probationary period gives you and your apprentice the chance to withdraw from the contract if either party decides it’s not working out.
Help is available to continue or change your training contract.
For more information, assistance with changing a training contract or for support to keep contracts going, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.