Employers of apprentices and trainees
Find further information specific to you and your role as an employer of apprentices and trainees on our Business Queensland website.
Minimum age and age restrictions
To undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship (in most occupations), you must be 13 years or older. However, a minimum entry age may apply to particular apprenticeships and traineeships.
If you are under 18 years at the commencement date of the apprenticeship or traineeship, and in the care or control of a parent or guardian, they must provide signed consent to the apprenticeship or traineeship.
Apprentices in the electrical industry
If you're considering an apprenticeship in the electrical industry, you and your employer must be aware of specific responsibilities:
- read the specific requirements and responsibilities for apprenticeships in the electrical industry
- contact the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 362 128 for more information on the specific and strict supervision requirements.
You can start an apprenticeship or traineeship with your current employer, if appropriate (e.g. an apprenticeship could be used to move from trades assistant to apprentice to tradesperson). You may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning for the experience you have already acquired, which may reduce the time it takes you to complete your apprenticeship or traineeship.
However, as an existing employee, you may be subject to the existing workers policy (PDF, 330 KB) which may affect funding for training.
Note: Irregular, occasional and intermittent employment arrangements in apprenticeships and traineeships are considered to be casual employment and are NOT permitted in Queensland. You must be 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.
School students, typically in Years 10, 11 and 12, can participate in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, allowing you to study for your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) while working and training towards a recognised qualification.
You may also take on a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship outside of school hours, if a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship doesn't suit..
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
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 start an apprenticeship or traineeship provided their work rights allow this, based on advice provided by the Department of Home Affairs.