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National Standards for Group Training Organisations

27-Apr-2017

National quality framework for group training provides confidence to apprentices, trainees and employers 

A new set of national standards for the group training sector to ensure consistent, high quality services for apprentices, trainees and host employers has been formally endorsed by the Commonwealth.
 
The Revised National Standards for Group Training Organisations and the associated Evidence Guide were endorsed by all states and territories and finalised by the COAG Industry and Skills Council.
 
Group training organisations (GTOs) must comply with the national standards in order to be registered.
 
The National Executive Officer of the National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN), Ms Lauren Tiltman said the national standards set a framework to ensure that group training organisations (GTOs) meet a high benchmark in their dealing with apprentices, trainees and employers.
 
“Anyone dealing with a group training organisation has the comfort of knowing that there is national quality framework that underpins everything that they do.
 
“For apprentices and trainees, their families, and the host employers who work with group training, it gives confidence that they are dealing with reputable, ethical and proven organisations,” Ms Tiltman said.
 
GTOs employ apprentices and trainees and place them with host employers. They undertake the key employer responsibilities through to completion of training, and may rotate apprentices and trainees to other employers if required.
 
The national quality framework for group training was first established in 2003 and was revised in 2006 ahead of the latest comprehensive review.
 
It sets out key elements in supporting apprentices and trainees on their path to skilled employment covering areas such as recruitment, employment, induction, monitoring and support.
 
GTOs are also required to have in place policies and procedures to deal with any complaints that may arise.
 
“I am delighted that the latest national standards have been finalised and endorsed,” Ms Tiltman said.  “GTOs around Australia can move forward with the assurance that they are operating in an environment where their outstanding work is formally embodied within a robust, national quality standard,” she said.
 
 
Media Contact: Bob Bowden, Foresight Communications 0412 753 298  bbowden@bowmac.com.au