Out-of-trade apprentices and trainees
We support the following registers, which connect out-of-trade apprentices and trainees with employers:
- Tradeapprentices.com.au out-of-trade register aims to assist apprentices and trainees within targeted skills shortage areas, who have had their training contract cancelled, to connect with employers.
- Apprentice and trainee re-engagement register aims to assist in re-engaging apprentices and trainees, who were in a training contract as at 1 March 2020 and have since lost their jobs, with potential employers.
Eligibility requirements for apprenticeships and traineeships
Requirements for employers, apprentices and trainees to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in Queensland.
Eligibility requirements for school-based apprenticeships and traineeships
Specific requirements, in addition to the above eligibility requirements, for schools, students, parents and employers to undertake a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship in Queensland.
How apprenticeships and traineeships work
Understand the costs, benefits, obligations and process of employing an apprentice or trainee.
Steps to employ an apprentice or trainee
Follow the 5-step process for taking on an apprentice or trainee, including understanding the commitment, recruitment, commencement, management and completion.
For apprentices and trainees
Choose the right apprenticeship or traineeship
Think about what you enjoy doing and what your interests are - talk to family, friends, school career counsellors or guidance officers - and gather information on different career options.
These websites provide different industry and career overviews:
Visit the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website to:
- confirm the career you've chosen is approved for delivery as an apprenticeship or traineeship
- learn more about the apprenticeship or traineeship, such as available contract modes, specific requirements, qualification, and funding details.
You can also get a 'taste' before commencing some apprenticeships. This can be done by participating in a pre-vocational or pre-apprenticeship course.
- Contact a training organisation who offers training in your trade of interest to check if they offer pre-vocational or pre-apprenticeship courses.
- Visit the Pre-apprenticeship Course Finder on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.
Find an employer
Unfortunately, we don't hold details of job vacancies and therefore can't match jobseekers with employers.
You'll need to find an employer in your chosen occupation to employ you as an apprentice or trainee.
You can be employed either:
directly by a business, who will pay wages and train you with the support of a training organisation. Search for an employer by:
using internet job search engines. We suggest you enter a job title of 'apprentice' or 'trainee' as well as your chosen industry in the appropriate field(s)
- visiting job websites such as
- Australian Government's JobActive
- MEGT job board
- Mas job board
- SmartJobs for Queensland Government apprenticeships and traineeships
- Queensland local council job vacancies
contacting local businesses, using personal networks and contacting stakeholders of the apprenticeship and traineeship system, such as training organisations and Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers.
by a group training organisation (GTO), who organises the training with the training organisation, but places you with different businesses (host employers) to gain on-the-job skills. Contact the Apprentice Employment Network on 1800 819 747 for local GTOs.
Jobseekers with disability may find further job search support from:
Indigenous jobseekers may find further job search support from:
- Aboriginal Employment Strategy
- Australian Government's Indigenous Careers
- Australian Government's JobActive Indigenous section.
Choose the training organisation
A training organisation will:
- help you and your employer develop a training plan which outlines what you'll need to learn and when, and how it will be delivered and assessed
- provide you with a training record to document your training
- deliver training, oversee the on-the-job training provided by your employer and assess your achievement of skills
- issue a qualification on successful completion of the apprenticeship or traineeship.
You and your employer should 'shop around' for a training organisation who meets your needs. Training organisations may offer different methods of training, such as classroom-based, work-based or flexible learning (e.g. online training).
Once the training organisation has accepted the role of training you in your apprenticeship or traineeship, they will be known as the supervising registered training organisation (SRTO).
The QTIS website lists training organisations who offer training in your chosen apprenticeship or traineeship, including those funded by the Queensland Government.
Get started with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider
The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network is a free service and will be the first point of contact during the life cycle of the training contract, as well as:
- provide an induction and general information about apprenticeships and traineeships
- advise you about available Australian Government incentives and help lodge claims
- make regular contact with you to check on your training progress.
Your employer will contact the AASN provider to facilitate the signing of the training contract.
Use the probationary period to be sure
The probationary period is a period of time when you work and train with your employer, giving you an opportunity to decide whether to continue with the apprenticeship or traineeship.
- Learn more about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
- Find out about available incentives, funding, wages and other financial information.
- You may be eligible for a travel and/or accommodation subsidy to attend training with your training organisation.
- If you have chosen an apprenticeship in the electrical industry, read ATIS-052 Apprenticeships in the electrical industry - employer information.