Employ an apprentice


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Find an apprentice

There are a number of ways to find an apprentice. You can:

  • employ someone you know or who has been recommended to you
  • advertise online or in the local paper
  • use an employment centre or agency
  • contact a group or registered training organisation
  • talk to your local school.

You can find or advertise for an apprentice on jobsearch.gov.au

For more information contact your Apprenticeship Network provider.

Get an incentive to take on an apprentice

Recent changes to incentives

The Australian Government introduced the Additional Identified Skills Shortage payment on 1 July 2019. This provides a payment for eligible employers and apprentices in occupations experiencing national skills shortages.

From 1 July 2020 the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (AAIP) was scheduled to be replaced with a new, simplified and streamlined incentives program for employers of apprentices and trainees, the Incentives for Australian Apprenticeships (IAA).

However, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employers of Australian Apprentices, the Government has revised the implementation schedule of the IAA. 

The IAA will now commence from 1 July 2021.

This decision has been made to minimise disruption to employers and Australian Apprentices in these times of significant economic uncertainty.

The full suite of incentives will continue to be available to employers of Australian Apprentices through the AAIP.

Following the introduction of the IAA from 1 July 2021, employers claiming incentives for an apprentice or trainee who commenced prior to 1 July 2021 will be grandfathered under the AAIP.

Further information on these changes is available on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Hire an apprentice

Hiring an apprentice is an important decision for your business.

Before you decide to employ an apprentice

Read about hiring employees. This includes a Guide to taking on an apprentice.

When you’re ready to employ an apprentice

After you’ve done the research you’re ready to find an apprentice.

When you find an apprentice

It’s time to fill in the paperwork. This includes a training contract.

Before you sign a training contract you should read the National Code of Good Practice for Australian Apprenticeships.

To find out more contact your Apprenticeship Network provider.