What is Group Training and how does it work?
Group training is a risk and stress free means of employing apprentices and trainees.
Designed to keep things simple for the businesses, Group Training is an arrangement where Novaskill, the Group Training Organisation (GTO), employs the apprentice (or trainee) and then carefully matches that individual with a suited host employer for on-the-job-training and supervision.
Novaskill assumes the employer responsibilities and includes initial recruitment (including interviewing and aptitude testing), inductions and pre-employment checks and medicals, training contract establishment and other relevant paperwork, WHS training and obligations, payroll and leave entitlements, insurance, Work Cover and workers compensation claims, performance management (checks with TAFE/formal training providers) and ongoing mentoring and assistance by a dedicated field officer to ensure quality, continuity and success throughout the entire apprenticeship (or traineeship).
Group Training reduces risk, paperwork and keeps things simple.
“With the support of my workmates at JA Martin and my Field Officer at Novaskill, I have been able to excel in my apprenticeship and set myself up for a successful career in the electrical industry.”
– Matthew Hayes, 2018 NSW Apprentice of the Year
So why use us as a Group Training provider?
Experience, proven results and award-winning apprentices!
We win awards! Often!
We have countless award-winning apprentices and trainees! In 2019 our plumbing apprentice Kerrod Binge, hosted by HL Mullane and Sons won NSW/ACT Indigenous Apprentice of the year at the NSW/ACT Group Training Awards. Plus we had finalists in the Apprentice Of The Year, Trainee Of The Year and Small Host Employer Of The Year categories.
In 2018 our electrical apprentice, Matthew Hayes, hosted by JA Electrical, won NSW/ACT Apprentice of the Year at the NSW/ACT Group Training Awards and our trainee Olivia McHugh, hosted by Eye Specialists, was a Trainee of the Year finalist. We also won Apprentice of the Year in the Disability category and had an additional 3 finalists. In 2017 we also employed 6 finalists and 2 winners, in 2016 we employed 4 finalists and in 2015 we employed 5 finalist and a winner.
We also have an award winning WHS system
In 2019 we were proud to win the Best WHS Management System (Large Organisation) Award at the Hunter Safety Awards. We are also a finalist in this category again for 2020. This is a testament to our proactive and genuine passion for all things safety, and our consistent effort to making our workplaces as safe and supportive as can be.
We have over 40 years experience
We’ve been in the business since 1980 and are one of the most experienced group training providers in Australia.
We′re part of an excellent support network
We’re active members of the National and state Apprentice Employment Network, a peak body representing a network of independent, not-for-profit Group Training Organisations.
We have great relationships with local TAFE′s
We have strong local relationships with TAFE and other Registered Training Organisation’s
We have a experienced and dedicated payroll team
Our team have years of experience in industry awards and can ensure your apprentice of trainee is paid correctly and on time, every time
Our Field Officers offer a wealth of knowledge and support
Our dedicated field officers are always on hand to provide ongoing support, information, advice and monitoring of your placement. This also includes pastoral care, workplace evaluations and WHS training.
We ensure our apprentices/trainees succeed
Our provision for rotation amongst different hosts means that, if required, we are able to facilitate rotations to ensure our apprentices and trainees can experience a number of different host employers and industry sectors, to give them a more rounded experience and to ensure competence and meet training requirements.