Investing in apprentices and trainees can help you build a pipeline of skilled employees tailored to your business needs.

What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?

An apprenticeship or traineeship combines paid on-the-job training provided by an experienced supervisor in the workplace, with off-the-job learning through a training provider. Apprentices and trainees get to put what they learn in the classroom straight into practice in the workplace, gaining industry experience and a nationally-recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships can be full-time or part-time and are available to anyone of working age and at any education level including school students, school-leavers, people re-entering the workforce, and those seeking to change or advance their career.

Apprenticeships are offered in a variety of qualification levels and can help people achieve rewarding careers in a range of industries and occupations.

Why should you take on an apprentice or trainee?

Employing an apprentice or trainee can deliver real benefits to your business, including:

  • Building the skills your business needs
    You can shape the learning of apprentices to suit the needs of your business, gaining staff with job-specific skills and real industry experience
  • Retain your employees
    Apprenticeships are an effective way of building your team. Apprentices are more likely to stay with your business because you gave them the start to their career. Retaining their skills and experience is good for your business
  • Create a skilled workforce for the future
    Apprentices can fill skills gaps in your business and contribute to a stronger future for your industry
  • Employing apprentices is cost-effective
    You can access subsidised training (subject to eligibility) and Government incentives.
    For more information, see Employer support for taking on an apprentice or trainee.

How apprenticeships work

Apprentices complete on-the-job training under your supervision and off-the-job study with a training provider to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

As an employer, you and your apprentice enter into a legal agreement called a training contract. The training contract sets out your responsibilities to each other which continue until your apprentice has completed their training and you both agree they are competent in the skills required for their trade or vocation.

For more information, see Training contracts and training plans.

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