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Glossary

What do they mean when talk about……?

Award: A ruling handed down by an Industrial Commission that grants all wage earners in a particular industry the same employment conditions

Competency: A group of skills, behaviours and knowledge specified in a structured format as to how people should perform a particular task. An apprenticeship is made up of many of these competencies. To be deemed competent you must demonstrate proficiency on and off the job in all competencies under your training plan.

Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA): An agreement between an employer and employees (or union acting on the behalf of employees) that provides employment conditions on a particular site. Union EBA’s provide better pay and conditions.

Industrial instrument: A term used to describe an instrument that outlines employment conditions. This can be an award, EBA or an individual contract.

Organiser: An elected or appointed official of the union. An organizer ‘organises’ workplaces by supporting delegates and helping them recruit members, bargain for better pay and conditions and deal with difficult issues in the workplace.

On-job training: Training delivered on-the-job by your employer and RTO as part of your apprenticeship Training Plan while you are at work.

Off-job training: Training delivered by your RTO when you are released from work for training. Off-the-job training usually takes place at your registered Training Organisation (trade school or TAFE).

Probation: the period of time, usually 90 days in which you and your employer can assess each others suitability. Once this expires neither you or your employer can walk away from the apprenticeship.

RTO: Registered Training Organisation, the RTO provides your ‘off-job’ training and assessment during your apprenticeship and helps you and your employer with ‘on job training’ when you are at work to ensure that you are learning what the Training Plan specifies you should learn.

Shop rate: The rate of pay that applies to tradespeople on a particular site

SRTO: Supervising Registered Training Organisation, the SRTO provides your ‘off-job’ training during your apprenticeship and helps you and your employer with ‘on job training’ when you are at work.

Training Contract: A legally binding Contract between you and your employer for employment and training for the duration of your apprenticeship.


Training Plan:
A document agreed between you, your employer and your Registered Training Organisation that specifies the qualification and units of competency you will complete during your apprenticeship. It should also specify the timeframes within which training and assessment will take place. The Training Plan is attached to the Training Contract.

Training Record Book: A document that outlines the elements of each competency in your training plan. This is signed by you, your employer and the SRTO when you have demonstrated each competency on and off the job to the appropriate standard. It is very important to keep this up to date.

Union delegate: A worker that is a member of the union who is elected by other union members to represent them at a particular site. The delegate is the best point of contact for union members regarding your rights and entitlements at work.

Union Organiser:
An elected or appointed employee of the union that ‘organises’ workplaces by supporting delegates and helping them recruit members, bargain for better pay and conditions and deal with difficult issues in the workplace.

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