Who can be employed as an Apprentice or Trainee?

Apprentices and trainees can be anyone of working age who is suitable for employment in your industry.

They must also:

  • be an Australian citizen, or
  • a permanent resident, or
  • hold a temporary resident or working visa of sufficient duration to undertake the apprenticeship or traineeship

Potential apprentices and trainees

There are many people in the community that you may not have previously considered as potential apprentices or trainees. For example:

  • Students still at school
    You may have found someone suitable for your industry that is still at school. They may have a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship available to them. Talk to your Apprenticeship Network Provider and they will advise you further
  • Unskilled workers
    Apprenticeships and traineeships mean that people gain their skills through structured training in the workplace.
  • Your current employees
    Sometimes the best apprentice or trainee for you may be someone you already employ. There are some conditions to transferring from employment to an apprenticeship or traineeship. You will need to discuss your particular situation with your Apprenticeship Network Provider.
  • Older workers
    When mature workers undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship with your support, you are showing a commitment to your industry and your business