You can apply to change the hours of your training contract. You’ll need to tell us how many hours you and your employer have agreed to you temporarily working.
During this time—if your training provider is still operating—you may be able to attend off-job training. However, check with your employer first as they are still required to pay you (as an apprentice or trainee) for time spent studying.
If work goes back to normal after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, you’ll need to contact our Infoline again to confirm you’ve returned to working your normal number of hours.
Alternatively, you and your employer can agree to a training contract suspension, which allows you to recommence work and study when COVID-19 business restrictions are lifted.
The Office of the Training Advocate is also available to help resolve issues regarding your training contract, including suspensions and terminations, and mediate between employer and apprentice/trainee where necessary. For more information, visit The Office of the SA Training Advocate website or contact them on 1800 006 488.
If you do find yourself unemployed, you may be eligible to receive the JobSeeker allowance from the Australian Government. For details of this welfare payment, visit JobSeeker Payment.
Terminating a training contract should be a last resort. You’re encouraged to discuss other options with your employer first, including a temporary suspension as outlined above around being stood down by an employer.
Other options include flexible rostering (changing or reducing your hours), asking to take paid leave or transferring to another employer that can offer the same on-job experience.
Only the Training and Skills Commission (TaSC) can terminate a training contract. For further information, contact us on 1800 673 097.
If TaSC has approved the termination of your training contract, you can register on the Apprentice and Trainee Re-engagement Register. The Register will enable apprentices and trainees from small businesses who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 to connect with prospective employers, find work and continue their training.
To negotiate alternative programs to ensure COVID-19 doesn't impact on you achieving your SACE, contact your school or Education.firstname.lastname@example.org.