Steps to get started
This information is applicable to anyone wanting to start an apprenticeship or traineeship in Queensland. However, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships have specific requirements on top of the below information - visit the School-based section for further information.
Please ensure you have checked if you are eligible to participate in an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Choose the right apprenticeship or traineeship
Think about what you enjoy doing and what your interests are. Talk to your family, friends or school career counsellor or guidance officer about the job you are interested in.
The following websites may provide a good starting point to find out about your career options:
Find out if there is an approved apprenticeship or traineeship offering skills you will enjoy by browsing the A - Z of apprenticeships and traineeships on the Queensland Training Information Services (QTIS) website.
Before commencing an apprenticeship, you might like to get a 'taste' for the trade by participating in a pre-apprenticeship course:
- contact a training organisation who offers training in the trade you are interested in - search your chosen apprenticeship or traineeship on the QTIS website to find a list of training organisations
- visit the Pre-apprenticeship Course Finder on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.
Find an employer
Unfortunately Apprenticeships Info does not keep details of job vacancies and therefore are unable to match jobseekers with employers. Finding an employer is up to the individual.
You will need to find an employer to employ you to show you the ropes and help you progress through your apprenticeship or traineeship. There are two ways you can be employed as an apprentice or trainee:
- Directly by a business. The business will pay your wages and train you with the support of a training organisation. Visit the Finding an employer page for links, tips and help on finding an employer.
- By a group training organisation. GTOs pay your wages and organise your training with your training organisation, however they will place you with different businesses (host employers) to gain the on-the-job skills. Phone 1800 819 747 to find a GTO near you.
Earn while you learn
Your wages and entitlements are dependent upon the industrial instrument of your workplace. For more information on wages and entitlements, phone the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94.
Choose your training organisation
You and your employer will choose a training organisation who will:
- help you and your employer develop the training plan which outlines what you need to learn and when, and how it will be delivered and assessed
- provide you with a training record to document your training
- deliver training and assess your achievement of skills
- issue a qualification on successful completion of your apprenticeship or traineeship.
Cost of training
There may be costs involved with your apprenticeship or traineeship - to find out more visit the Costs of training page.
Work with an Australian Apprenticeships Centre (AAC)
Your employer will need to contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre on 13 38 73 to organise the signing of a training contract. The training contract must be signed within 14 days after the day the apprenticeship or traineeship starts and given to the AAC within 28 days after the start of the apprenticeship or traineeship. A training contract is a legally binding agreement, between you and your employer, to work and train together for a length of time. If you are aged under 18, your parent or guardian must also sign the contract.
The AAC will lodge the training contract and once registered, you and your employer will receive a letter confirming the details.
Use the probationary period to be sure
Probation is a period of time (generally 90 days for apprenticeships and 30 - 60 days for traineeships) when the apprentice or trainee works and trains with their employer before each decides whether to continue with the apprenticeship or traineeship. Search for your chosen apprenticeship or traineeship on the QTIS website to confirm the probationary period.
Before the end of the probationary period, you and your employer must both decide whether you want to continue with the apprenticeship or traineeship. If you both decide to continue, you and your employer agree to work together until you achieve all necessary skills.
- Construction Skills Queensland
CSQ provides funding support and career advice to anyone already in or wanting to start in the building and construction industry.
- Apprenticeships and traineeships with Roadtek
The Queensland Government's Transport and Main Roads department employs apprentices and trainees in the fitter mechanic trades and civil construction, soil testing and administration occupations.
- Make It!
Find out about a career in the manufacturing industry sectors.