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Employing an Apprentice

So you want to employ an apprentice . . . what next?

Australian Apprenticeships comprise of practical and structured learning, leading to a nationally recognised qualification.   Australian apprentices can include apprenticeships and traineeships, and can be full time, part time, casual or school based.   New and/or existing workers can also register for an apprenticeship.

There are many benefits to engaging an apprentice or trainee.  These include:

  • training to meet your business needs
  • training is offered in a range of industries
  • training is offered at all Certificate levels up to Advanced Diploma
  • there is a flexible choice of registered training organisations which provide off-the-job training with negotiations around timing, location, and nature of the training to suit your business needs
  • government funding may be available to subsidise the cost of training
  • a range of financial incentives for eligible employers
  • attainment of nationally recognised qualifications.


Apprentices are paid under an apprentice or trainee wage under the relevant award. They are treated the same as other employees for superannuation, workers compensation and other entitlements.

You cannot start an Australian Apprenticeship without an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP).

Australian Network Providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide a one stop service for employers wanting to take on an Australian apprentice. They will provide assistance to sign up, and provide support during training to both the employer and apprentice.

Services provided by ANP include:

  • Essential administrative support
  • Payment processing
  • Regular contact
  • Targeted services for individuals who need extra support to complete their apprenticeship.


As always, we are here to help you. If you require help or wish to discuss your situation, give us a call on 02 6009 1000.


The WorkBetter Team

Published: Friday, November 4th, 2022

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