If your business is ready to employ apprentices or trainees, the State Government has the support you need. Employing an apprentice or trainee is an excellent opportunity to not only increase the skill level of your workforce, but also to nurture someone to fit in with the culture of your business.

This will assist you to develop a workforce that meets both your current and future needs, with a range of more than 600 apprenticeship and traineeship pathways to match your business requirements.

To employ apprentices or trainees, your must have a suitably qualified supervisor who will be responsible for their training and provide mentoring and practical on-the-job guidance.

Your business may now also qualify for a Job Accelerator Grant to assist, as the scheme has recently been extended to include up to $15,000 for each new apprentice a business hires.

Start shaping the jobs of tomorrow - find out if your business is eligible today.

Step 1. Register your business

Before taking on apprentice or trainee you must register your business with Traineeship Apprenticeship Services (TAS)

TAS will arrange a worksite visit and assess your ability to meet the registration criteria. If you’re already registered with TAS, go straight to Step Two.

Register your business with TAS.

Step 2. Find the right person

There are several options to connect with people seeking apprenticeships or traineeships in your industry, including:

Step 3. Select an ANP

ANPs are contracted by the Australian Government to help employers with signing up to a training contract and advising whether they are eligible for any incentives.

Step 4. Sign a training contract

Before the commencement of an apprenticeship or traineeship, all parties must sign a training contract.

The contract outlines the rights and obligations that apply for the length of the training period. An Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) will help prepare the training contract and other paperwork.

Find out more about training contracts.

Step 5. Select a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

An RTO is responsible for delivering the qualification and assessing competencies against the training plan. The choice of RTO should be made with your apprentice or trainee.

A list of RTOs can be found on the national register on Vocational Education and Training (VET) website – the official national register of information on training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency and RTOs.

Visit Vocational Education and Training online.

Step 6. Prepare your training plan

The RTO, employer and apprentice or trainee must agree on a training plan, which your chosen RTO will be responsible for preparing.

Find out more about training plans.

Step 7. Seek contract approval

TAS must approve the training contract and training plan to ensure they meet all legal requirements. Your AAC will lodge the signed training contract with TAS on your behalf, and your RTO will lodge your training plan.

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Employing a school-based apprentice or trainee

Apprentices and trainees can also be hired under a school-based arrangement, which allows a student to work part-time for your business while studying for a nationally recognised qualification as part of their high school studies.

The school must agree to this, and an employer needs to enter into a training contract with the student. If the student is under 18, a parent or guardian must also enter into the training contract.

The same conditions and obligations apply as with all other apprenticeships and traineeships.

Pay and penalty rates

Employers must pay their apprentices and trainees according to the awards and agreements on the Fair Work Commission website.

Apprentices and trainees are entitled to the same conditions of employment as all other employees working in similar occupations, including:

  • Superannuation guarantee
  • Worker’s compensation
  • All leave entitlements
  • Protection under anti-discrimination and occupational health and safety laws

Explore further information about awards and agreements.