Rochdale Institute has announced that its Certificate III in Process Manufacturing is fully funded by the government and is offered under the New Apprenticeship Scheme. According to the company, New Apprenticeships combine practical work with structured training to give employees a nationally recognised qualification and “the experience they need to do their job”. And, unlike traditional apprenticeships, they can be offered to existing workers.
The training provides OH & S elements and work-cover is tied in, offering reductions in premiums when the course is completed
The funding comes from the Commonwealth Government’s training grant to the Process Manufacturing Industry. The company explains that the Grant comes in the form of $4400 per employee. There are other incentives that may also apply.
Rochdale explains that the funding for employees relies on them: Having no financial interest in the business; not holding a qualification above secondary school or trade certification; working at least 15 hours per week if part-time, or 30 hours per week full-time. The employer is expected to retain the employee on for the duration of the course and commit to supervision.