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Who's who in apprenticeships and traineeships

Department of Education, Training and Employment

The department has offices throughout the state to provide assistance and information on all aspects of apprenticeships and traineeships, including:

Officers from the department may also visit the workplace to check the progress of training and assist with any issues.

For further information or advice, telephone the department through Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

Australian Apprenticeships Centres

Australian Apprenticeships Centres are contracted by the Commonwealth Government to:

Find the Australian Apprenticeships Centre closest to you by telephoning 13 38 73, or visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Supervising registered training organisations

(also referred to as training organisations)

The Queensland Government has contracted a number of training organisations to provide funded training for apprentices and trainees.

Once a registered training organisation is chosen to become part of an apprenticeship or traineeship, it then becomes the 'supervising registered training organisation' (also known as SRTO or your training organisation). The training organisation works with employers and apprentices/trainees to develop a training plan, deliver training, undertake assessment and issue the qualification upon successful completion of the apprenticeship or traineeship

The training organisation will:

Each training organisation offers different methods of training apprentices and trainees. Employers and apprentices/trainees need to find a training organisation to suit their needs.

To find a training organisation search the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS), the (TGA) website or call Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

Group training organisations

(also referred to as GTOs or group schemes)

Group training organisations employ apprentices and trainees and place them with different host employers on a short or long-term basis.

Group training organisations may:

To find a group training organisation in your area, call 1800 819 747 or visit the Group Training Association website.

Host employer

Where apprentices or trainees are employed by a group training organisation, they will be placed with host employers to develop the skills necessary for their apprenticeship or traineeship.

Hiring an apprentice or trainee from a group training organisation enables host employers to participate in the employment and training of apprentices and trainees to suit their business needs.

School-based apprentices and trainees

School-based apprentices and trainees are students - usually in years 10, 11 or 12 - who are undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship as part of their school studies.

For a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship to be established, students must have the support of their employer, their school, a SRTO, and their parents or guardians (if under 18).

Visit the School-based apprenticeships and traineeships section of this website for more information.

Parent or guardian

If an apprentice or trainee is under 18 years of age and in the care and control of a parent or legal guardian when they enter into an apprenticeship or traineeship, the parent or guardian will need to:

Once the apprentice or trainee turns 18, the parent or guardian ceases to be a legal party to the training contract and is no longer responsible for the apprenticeship or traineeship.

Read the ATIS-020 Parent or guardian responsibilities information sheet for more information.


In the case of a school-based apprentice or trainee, the school must approve and be involved in the apprenticeship or traineeship. The school's involvement includes:

Visit the Facts for schools page in the School-based section of this website for more information.

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This page was last updated at 28-October-2014
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