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Certificate IV in Training and Assessment: The Induction

 
 
Induction involves outlining the roles and responsibilities of the Registered Training and Assessment Organisation and the employer and making sure that the apprentice/trainee understands what’s required of them.

The induction also outlines what the apprentice/trainee should do if there’s a problem or dispute over the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment training.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in induction

Health and safety at work is vital for apprentices/trainees. Occupational health and safety must start on day one, so it is critical that information about OHS is included in the induction of the apprentice/trainee. OHS is a shared responsibility between the employer, the Registered Training and Assessment Organisation and the apprentice/trainee.
Responsibility of the employer

Every workplace has specific health and safety requirements established by law. Part of an employer’s responsibility is to provide a safe working environment for the apprentice/trainee, and to make sure they are covered by a workers’ compensation policy. The employer is also responsible for advising apprentices/trainees of their rights and responsibilities, including those related to OHS.

The employer, under legislation, is required to provide, as far as is practical, a safe working environment including safe equipment, systems of work and training, and supervision to enable those in the workplace to do the work safely.

A Victorian apprenticeships and traineeships information booklet which is provided to employees outlines the employee responsibility in relation to OHS:

A good workplace will:

* Provide a safe workplace free from verbal, physical, racial and sexual abuse;
* Have an Occupational Health and Safety Policy;
* Conduct an induction program for apprentices/trainees;
* Display relevant warning signs in appropriate positions in the workplace;
* Perform regular workplace safety checks;

Make sure your apprentice/trainee can:

* Perform tasks safely;
* Handle all equipment, machinery and dangerous products such as chemicals safely;
* Identify and report any potential risks;
* Use safety equipment such as gloves, clothing, masks, boots and glasses.

In our next post we will outline the role of the Registered Training and Assessment Organisation.


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