In past times an apprentice would progress through an apprenticeship based on time, for example an apprentice would be a 1st year for 12 months, then become a 2nd year and so on.
Apprenticeship and traineeship terms are now flexible.
You may progress through your apprenticeship or traineeship when you have achieved an appropriate number of units of competency. This means when you reach a milestone, you progress to the next stage.
For example, apprentice carpenter Luke, has completed 8 units of competency so he will progress to the 2nd stage of his apprenticeship
The milestones for a 30 unit carpentry apprenticeship are:
- 8 units or 25% of the total units are achieved, the apprentice can progress to stage 2
- 15 units or 50% of the total units are achieved, the apprentice can progress to stage 3
- 23 units or 75% of the total units are achieved, the apprentice can progress to stage 4
Note: You will progress to the next stage of your apprenticeship 12 months after starting that stage if the required units of competencies are not achieved earlier.