What is block training?
Block training means students attend their program training centre for one week at a time, eight times a year. The number of weeks and the location of the training centre will depend on which manufacturer the student works for and which apprenticeship is chosen.
For further information on specific vehicle manufacturer apprenticeship programs, please go into the vehicle manufacturer area of this website.
The key benefit of block training is that apprentices receive a highly concentrated learning experience in a manufacturer-branded environment that replicates the student's working environment in the dealership. So much is learned and practiced during the block training that a student will be able to perform many more tasks on returning to the dealership a week or two later.
Where do students stay?
The training is residential for interstate students and these apprentices stay in a comfortable local hotel with their fellow interstate students. For flights over two hours, arrival is usually on the Sunday evening prior to the Monday when the training is due to start, and apprentices will return home on the following Friday afternoon.
What happens if the student has a problem?
Both the hotel management and each of the apprentices will have phone numbers for the Apprentice Trainers and Managers to contact in the event of an emergency.
How is student behaviour controlled?
An induction to the hotel will be performed by one of the Apprentice Trainers and guidance on acceptable behaviour will be given. Apprentices under the age of 18 will not be served alcohol in the hotel bar, and alcohol is not permitted in hotel rooms.
The program will immediately send home any apprentice found in possession of drugs, unless prescribed for medical purposes. If this is necessary, then parents and the apprentice's sponsoring company are informed immediately.
How are parents kept informed during residential periods?
Parents are informed immediately of any situations during residential training that the program thinks would concern them.
In the event of illness during residential training, the hotel, along with the program staff, will ensure that appropriate medical treatment is sought.
How do students get to training centres?
It is the responsibility of the dealership to arrange transport to the training centre for each apprentice if they are local to NSW. Apprentices who are located interstate, the apprentice program will organise flights and accommodation, however, transfers to and from the airport are the responsibility of the student. Transport between the hotel and the training centre will be organised by the program.
Where apprentices are travelling by airline, the Apprenticeship Program will arrange transport to the airport at the end of the training week, however this is to be paid for by the apprentice.
How much does the training cost?
Apprenticeship training is funded partly by the government, the employer (dealership) and the motor vehicle manufacturer. Apprentices earn a salary while training and is the responsibility of the dealership in which the student works.
When does the training start?
The first block of training will take place in February or March of each year and the academic year runs through to November, depending on the program. Specific dates will be supplied to the dealership prior to the start of the academic year.
How long does the training take?
Most apprenticeships will take three to four years to complete. Please visit the qualifications section of this website for further information.
How will parents be kept informed of apprentice progress throughout the program?
We actively encourage parents to follow student progress. Employers have a block report sent to them after each block that details where individual students are against their learning aims. This enables them to make sure that students are on track to achievement and are receiving the right level of support both on residential block and in the workplace.
Apprentice trainers are available to discuss individual students should parents have concerns.
What value does an apprenticeship have?
An apprenticeship is a valuable qualification that can lead to a number of career paths. Within an apprenticeship a student will complete an Vocational Qualification at level 2 or 3 but this can just be the start of the journey. In the motor industry there are opportunities to gain further qualifications and become supervisors or managers in dealerships or develop careers for manufacturers or consultancies.