Apprenticeships and Traineeships for Employers

Apprenticeships and Traineeships for Employers

What is an apprenticeship?

What is a traineeship?

An apprentice will train on the job, study and earn an income all while working towards becoming a qualified tradesperson. An apprentice could be a staff member who wants to upskill, a person re-entering the workforce, someone looking for a career change and school students.

Traineeships are similar to apprenticeships but they concentrate on vocational or job areas such as office administration, information technology or hospitality.

5 reasons to invest in an Apprentice or Trainee

Fee Free

The NSW Government is investing an additional $285 million over six years to fund the qualification fees for 100,000 new apprentices from 1 July 2018. This saves you from having to pay up to $2,000 for training costs per apprentice. (Please note this is for apprentices only, not trainees)

Find out more about Fee Free Apprenticeships

Invest in human capital

Your employees are your first impression. Encourage them, support them, skill them and they are more likely to be loyal advocates for your business.


Your business has specific skills needs. When you invest in an apprentice or trainee you determine what qualifications and training they receive and how it will directly impact your bottom line.

Share your expertise

You have the opportunity to hire young individuals just starting on their career journey. Guide their learning and ensure they are industry ready with the hands-on skills your industry needs.

A shift in perspective

Apprentices bring new approaches, new ways of thinking and lots of questions! Investing in an apprentice or trainee promotes innovative thinking and access to the latest training and knowledge through their TAFE NSW studies.

"TAFE brings the expertise in knowing exactly what the qualifications involve, what electives are available, how the assessments can work. We as employers don’t necessarily know that, we need that expertise from TAFE and to help us find the right program for our employees."

Sara Caplan, Partner, PwC

How to invest in an Apprentice or Trainee

You can find an Australian Apprentice through

Important Resources

Australian Apprenticeships - information regarding Australian Apprenticeships including programs, employer incentives, support for apprentices, advice for people looking to start an apprenticeship.

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network – provides help with recruitment, training and retaining Apprentices.

TAFE Enterprise – for customised training that meets the challenges of the future, think TAFE Enterprise.