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We want to support Queensland businesses to train apprentices and trainees to ensure you have the skilled workers you need.

The Queensland Government is providing access to fully subsidised training for apprentices and trainees up to the age of 21 across 139 priority apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.

Free apprenticeships for under 21s will cover the cost of training for employers who commence a new apprentice or trainee, or already have an existing apprentice or trainee aged under 21, in a priority qualification between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2023.

It's all part of our Skills for Queensland strategy to deliver Queensland's next generation of skilled workers.

Find a qualification

Apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications on offer include traditional trade areas such as electrical, plumbing and engineering as well as non-trade areas including early childhood, aged and disability care.

There are 139 apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications to choose from.

Find an apprentice or trainee

Once you have decided which apprenticeship or traineeship works for your business, contact a local Apprenticeship Network provider to help you find an apprentice or trainee.

What's free?

Free means the Queensland Government will cover the full cost of training undertaken with a training provider, in the listed priority qualifications.

Employers will continue to cover the costs of wages for apprentices and trainees.

Employers are encouraged to find out more about the range of incentives available to help cover the cost of apprentice and trainees wages by contract an Apprenticeship Network provider.

Incentives are also available for eligible employers under the Queensland Government's Back to Work program.

Apprentices and trainees may incur costs related to their training such as uniform and resource costs.

A travel and accommodation subsidy is available to eligible apprentices and trainees who are required to travel at least 100kms return to attend off-the-job training for their apprenticeship or traineeship.

Take an apprentice on with these steps

  1. Choose a course. Choose a course that is specific to your industry from the 139 priority apprenticeship or traineeship programs available.
  2. Find an apprentice or trainee under 21. If you don't have someone in mind, contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.
  3. Sign them up. You and your apprentice or trainee will need to contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider to complete a training contract.
  4. Select a training provider. They need to be included on the training contract. Find one that meets your needs on the Queensland Training Information Service.

Want more information?

Complete this form for more information and how to get started, or phone the Free Apprenticeships Hotline on 1800 210 210.

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Last updated 29 October 2019

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