Group Training Companies (GTOs)

What is Group Training?

Group Training provides a cost-efficient and administratively simple way for small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) to hire apprentices and trainees when this might otherwise not be possible because they:

  • are unable to offer an apprentice or trainee a permanent position because they can’t guarantee ongoing work;
  • might not have the range of work available to ensure that the apprentice or trainee gains all the necessary job skills for that industry;
  • simply do not have the time to undertake all employment and training functions.

Role of the Group Training Organisation (GTO)

Group Training is an arrangement where a Group Training Company or Organisation (GTO) employs apprentices and trainees and hires them to other businesses, called host employers, while they are undertaking their training.

The Group Training Organisation acts as the primary employer and:

  • carefully selects the apprentice or trainee
  • manages the training
  • takes responsibility for all paperwork connected with wages, allowances, superannuation, workers compensation, sick/holiday pay and other employment benefits
  • rotates the apprentice or trainee from business to business, where necessary, to ensure that each Australian Apprentice receives a broad range of training and experience.

GTOs operate across Australia. Some specialise in servicing a particular industry, while others may cater for an entire region, covering many industries.

GTO Register

The Group Training National Register lists all GTOs that have complied with the national standards set by the vocational education and training (VET) Ministers and are eligible to use the Group Training National logo.

Search the GTO Register to find a GTO in your State or Territory ...

National Standards for Group Training Organisations

GTOs which comply with the National Standards undergo an audit process similar to the audit process for accreditation to become a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The relevant State or Territory Training Authorities are responsible for the regulation and auditing of GTOs. If you are interested in becoming a registered Group Training Organisation under the National Standards, contact your State or Territory Training Authority for more information.

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Group Training Associations