Hire existing workers as apprentices or trainees

By transitioning existing staff to an apprenticeship or traineeship, they can progress from trades assistant to apprentice, to tradesperson.

Existing staff can take up an apprenticeship or traineeship if they fulfil basic eligibility criteria for:

  • minimum age
  • 'restricted callings' (minimum age of 18 years for some apprenticeships or traineeships)
  • visa requirements for workers other than Australian and New Zealand citizens or residents.

Eligibility requirements

Read more about age requirements, restricted callings and visa requirements for apprenticeships and traineeships in Queensland.

If your employee is eligible, follow the steps for employing an apprentice or trainee.

Subsidised training for existing workers

The definition of an existing worker is important when determining whether your employee can get government-funded training or incentives as part of their apprenticeship or traineeship.

An existing worker is defined as a person who has been employed with a business longer than 3 months full-time or 12 months part-time or casually, immediately before starting an apprenticeship or traineeship.

An existing worker is NOT a worker who is employed by you casually, intermittently, occasionally or irregularly.

We define an existing worker this way to ensure that they have enough regular contact in your workplace to fulfil their training requirements.

Training credit

If your employee has some skills and experience, they can apply for recognition of prior learning and shorten the time served as your apprentice or trainee. Apprenticeships and traineeships are competency-based not time-based.