To be eligible to take on an apprentice or trainee, there are some requirements that employers must adhere to. The following information sheets provide further details:
- ATIS-001 Age requirements, restricted callings and visa requirements
- ATIS-013 Employer responsibilities
- ATIS-036 Paying apprentices and trainees for time spent undertaking supervised training and assessment
- ATIS-039 Adequate training arrangements in the workplace
- ATIS-049 Employer resource assessment
- ATIS-052 Apprenticeships in the electrical industry - employer information.
Individuals who are 13 years of age or older may be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations. However, Queensland legislation applies age restrictions to particular apprenticeships and traineeships. The ATIS-001 Age requirements, restricted callings and visa requirements information sheet provides further details.
If the individual is under 18 years of age at the commencement date of the apprenticeship or traineeship, their parent or guardian must provide signed consent to the apprenticeship or traineeship, if appropriate.
Apprentices, trainees and employers must be aware of the following when considering electrical industry apprenticeships and traineeships:
- ATIS-052 Apprenticeships in the electrical industry - employer information
- Specific and strict supervision requirements - contact the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 362 128.
Employees who are already employed can commence an apprenticeship or traineeship. For example, an apprenticeship could be used to move from trades assistant to apprentice to tradesperson. As an existing employee, the individual may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning or credit transfers for the experience they have already acquired. This may reduce the nominal term of the apprenticeship or traineeship.
Note: Casual, irregular, occasional and intermittent employment arrangements in apprenticeships and traineeships are NOT permitted in Queensland. It should be noted the purpose for this limitation is to ensure the apprentice or trainee is receiving sufficient regular contact with the workplace to meet the requirements of the qualification and underpinning training plan within the framework of an apprenticeship or traineeship. Where the apprentice or trainee is regularly meeting the weekly work hour requirements for full-time, part-time or school-based established for apprenticeships and traineeships, within the averaging provisions, this is not considered a casual, irregular, occasional or intermittent arrangement for the purpose of this policy and the training contract.
Existing employees entering in an apprenticeship or traineeship may be subject to the Existing Workers Policy (PDF, 330 KB) which may affect funding for training.
School students, typically in Years 10, 11 and 12, are able to participate in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships which allows the student to study for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) while working and training towards a recognised qualification.
School students may also take on a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship outside of school hours.
Interstate apprentices and trainees
To be registered as a Queensland apprentice or trainee, your workplace address must be in Queensland.
The ATIS-018 Interstate apprentices and trainees information sheet provides further details.
Non-residents of Australia
As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to enter an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia.
Any other person wanting to work in Australia must have a visa allowing employment. Visa holders may engage in apprenticeships and traineeships provided their work rights allow this, based on advice provided by the Department of Home Affairs.