How apprenticeships and traineeships work

Know the costs, benefits, obligations and process of employing an apprentice or trainee.

Set up an apprenticeship or traineeship

Choose a training organisation and course, sign a training contract, begin probation, organise supervision and deliver workplace induction.

Manage your apprentice or trainee

Advice and support for managing your apprenticeship or traineeship once it is underway.

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Steps to employ an apprentice or trainee

Follow the 5-step process for employing your next apprentice or trainee.

Employer obligations

Find out about your responsibilities during the apprenticeship or traineeship, including supervision, training, a safe work environment, wages and entitlements.

Complete the apprenticeship or traineeship

Carry out the process to complete the apprenticeship or traineeship, and learn about your options and obligations for employing your apprentice or trainee after they are qualified.

Steps to employ an apprentice or trainee

Follow our 5-step process for employing an apprentice or trainee for your business.

  • Understand the commitment – review your obligations and if employing an apprentice or trainee is right for you.
  • Recruit – find the right person for your business.
  • Commence – choose training partners, sign training contract, conduct induction and start probationary period.
  • Manage – meet your training, supervision and reporting obligations throughout the apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • Complete – learn what's next for your apprentice or trainee.
  • Last reviewed: 22 Apr 2021
  • Last updated: 15 Jul 2021