4 May 2020 – New apprentice/trainee COVID-19 training policy
Skills Tasmania is implementing a new policy that will allow RTOs providing funded training and assessment services to Tasmanian apprentices and trainees whose training contracts are suspended or have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 on or after March 2020, to continue training and assessment for the duration of the suspension period or for up to 3 months following cancellation.
This new policy and associated guidelines will also be circulated to all funded RTOs via email.
The policy includes the requirement for any training or assessment that occurs during suspension or after cancellation to only occur for units the apprentice or trainee commenced prior to the suspension or cancellation period. Evidence of the commencement of the unit/s before the suspension or cancellation must be provided to Skills Tasmania upon request. Approval to commence training in additional units may be granted by Skills Tasmania upon request from the RTO and where agreed by the employer.
Payment to RTOs for services to learners will continue to be made through the standard reporting AVETMISS process and will be subject to the RTO providing evidence of engagement of learners in training if requested by Skills Tasmania.
Eligibility of learners must be checked by the RTO through confirmation of the reason for suspension or cancellation by emailing the request to Deb Wilcox email@example.com.
A copy of the policy can be viewed here.
Enquiries about the requirements of the policy should be directed to Deb Wilcox, Skills Tasmania Senior Workforce Development and Training Consultant, via firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 6165 6060.