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About apprenticeships and traineeships for employers

No matter what industry you are in, apprentices and trainees (including school-based) provide real benefits to your business. You provide training to the apprentice or trainee in your way of doing the job. This increases efficiency and productivity in your business, helping foster growth while maintaining and preserving the quality of skills in your industry and giving you a competitive edge by having trained a skilled team.

Significant incentives are available for employers who hire an apprentice or trainee, encouraging employers to offer employment-based training opportunities that will encourage people to acquire and expand their working skills.


An effective way to attract and recruit staff
Employers view apprenticeships and traineeships as an integral component of their workforce recruitment strategy. Employers train the person within their work environment in areas where skills are required.

A catalyst for rethinking systems and processes
Employers have reported that training an apprentice or trainee often encourages staff to rethink and challenge existing work practices. Productivity improvements can be an unexpected consequence of employing an apprentice or trainee.

Contributing to their community
School-based apprenticeships or traineeships can make a real difference in motivating young people to complete school and work towards their future goal.

Employer satisfaction
Employers and supervisors often experience a great deal of satisfaction during the process as they help apprentices and trainees mould new skills and gain confidence in a work environment.

Read testimonials from businesses who are involved in the apprenticeship and traineeship system in Queensland.

Difference between an apprentice and a trainee

Apprentices are trained in a skilled trade, such as electrical, plumbing, cabinet-making and automotive. Upon completion, apprentices become a qualified tradesperson.

Trainees are trained in vocational areas, such as office administration, information technology and tourism. Upon successful completion, a trainee will receive a qualification in their chosen vocational area.

Types of apprenticeships and traineeships

Full-time or part-time

Full-time apprentices and trainees work and train full-time, usually 36 to 38 hours a week. Part-time apprentices and trainees work and train no less than 15 hours per week, averaged over a four week cycle.

Traineeships vary in length from 12 months to three years, while apprenticeships are generally four years in length. The term of a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship is generally double that of the full-time term.

However, as the training is competency-based, completion is dependant upon when the apprentice or trainee has successfully gained all the knowledge, skills and competencies required.

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Adult and mature age

Apprenticeships and traineeships aren't just for young people. Older apprentices and trainees provide maturity, reliability, life experience and knowledge that can be valuable not only to employers, but other staff.

An adult apprentice or trainee's existing skills and experience, gained through education, training, work and life experience, may provide them with credit and may reduce their training time.

Employers of some mature aged workers may also attract commencement and completion incentives through the Australian Government.

In some industries, minimum wages apply for adult apprentices and trainees. The age when an apprentice or trainee is considered to be an adult may differ from industry to industry. Phone the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 to discuss wages.


School-based apprentices and trainees undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship as part of their high school studies.

A school-based apprentice or trainee's employment and/or training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.

Read further information about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Existing workers employed as apprentices and trainees

It may be possible for an existing employee to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship with your business.

Find out about eligibility into an apprenticeship or traineeship as an existing worker.

This page was last updated at 22-January-2015
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