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The Queensland Government is partnering with industry to promote priority apprenticeship pathways and encourage more businesses to employ apprentices, as part of the $1 million Advancing Apprentices Fund.

The fund supports the state's commitment to creating jobs for a strong economy and providing responsive government.

Industry groups and other peak bodies will be able to apply for matched funding to run industry-specific or local campaigns to generate interest in recruiting apprentices among the Queensland business community.

A series of ministerial roundtables were held last year to inform the development of the fund.

Applications closed

Applications for the Advancing Apprentices Fund are closed; however, organisations can register their interest at for updates on the fund.

Funded projects

View the full list of projects announced under the Advancing Apprentices Fund (XLSX, 15 MB).

Group Training Association of Queensland and the Northern Territory Ltd

The Apprentice Employment Network – Apprenticeship Opportunities Project

The project aims to boost apprenticeship numbers through the development of a web portal to highlight and showcase the journey apprentices undertake towards varied and rewarding careers. The web portal will be supported with a mixed-media communications strategy and is intended for an audience of school leavers and host employers.

Restaurant & Catering Industry Association of Australia Incorporated

Discover Hospitality Apprenticeships

This multi-faceted promotional campaign comprised of 100 events and aims to encourage new apprenticeships in the field of hospitality. The project includes school visits, seminars, presentations at trade events, media publications, advertising, social media events and video testimonials.

Hardware Australia Limited

Advancing Queensland Hardware Traineeships Program

The project funds a campaign coordinator to introduce a traineeship model to over 1,000 hardware and building supplies businesses in Queensland. The campaign combines promotional activities across various media platforms and direct consultation with retail outlets throughout Queensland.

Smart Employment Solutions Limited

Apprenticeships, Your Way to Success

This project employs a field officer to deliver a mixed marketing plan that focusses on attracting apprentices to the fields of carpentry, electrical trades and engineering in South East Queensland. The project combines the development of a website that incorporates social media platforms with a variety of events and other traditional print media.

National Retail Association Limited

Retail Industry Skills Partnership

The project will establish a single point-of-contact for Queensland's retail businesses to access information and advice about apprenticeships specific to their industry. A series of state-wide workshops to introduce the program and an ongoing communications strategy will support the uptake of the service. This project also involves developing a proposal to help streamline vocational education and training (VET) for retail employers.

National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

Building Electrotechnology Apprenticeships in Queensland

The project promotes electrotechnology and electrical services careers to school leavers and young people throughout Queensland. The progressive campaign begins with a broad approach to marketing communications, before progressing to targeted promotional activities at regional centres and matching potential apprentices with job opportunities. Identified employers will be offered individualised support to encourage the uptake of additional apprentices.

HGT Australia Limited

Novaskill GTO Campaign 2019

The project aims to promote a wide range of apprenticeship opportunities to young people (15-25 years) through a targeted multi-media campaign. Pathways to apprenticeships in industries such as construction, hospitality and automotive will feature in a series of testimonial style videos developed for social media platforms under the title: You'll be amazed where an apprenticeship can take you! Key messages from the campaign including the diversity of opportunities, the excitement of being involved in significant projects and how apprenticeships can evolve into fulfilling careers, including international opportunities.

Motor Trades Association (MTA) Queensland


The project involves a series of Autocamps in South East Queensland for high school students aged between 14 and 17. MTA Autocamps provide 'hands on' experience in a range of automotive skills to encourage students to pursue related apprenticeships. Funding for the project doubles the number of MTA Autocamps from 3 to 6 and also supports planning to expand future camps to other locations in regional Queensland.

Apprenticeships Queensland Limited

Building Futures

The project aims to enhance and expand Apprenticeships Queensland's Building Futures program which has introduced school-aged students to apprenticeships since 2017 in Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Brisbane. The program involves introducing apprenticeship pathways to school students through an opportunity to help renovate a house. Funding will assist new schools and participating students to join the program, and help source extra on-site supervision to ensure quality training.

Master Electricians Association

Master Electricians Advancing Apprentices Program

The project promotes electrotechnology apprenticeships in regional and rural Queensland to both aspiring jobseekers and employers. The project includes a communications campaign incorporating social media, video production, direct marketing, print media advertising and printed marketing materials. The project also involves face-to-face stakeholder engagement, such as student career events, visiting schools and participation at industry forums.

Help and information

For all Advancing Apprentices Fund enquiries, please phone 1300 369 935 or email

More information

Read the minister's statement about the fund.

For information about employing apprentices in Queensland, visit the Apprenticeships and traineeships section of this site.

Last updated 22 November 2022

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