Apprenticeships and traineeships are a smart way to recruit and train employees to meet the current and future needs of your business. No matter what industry you're in, hiring an apprentice or trainee provides your business with real benefits and contributes to your bottom line.
About TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland is the largest training provider for apprentices and trainees in the state. We offer pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, traineeship and post-trade training programs across a wide range of study areas.

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Why choose TAFE Queensland



With over 135 years of quality training experience, TAFE Queensland trains over 120,000 students each year across more than 500 programs including 18,500 apprentices and trainees.



We deliver training for every career stage from entry level pre-apprenticeships, short courses, apprenticeships and traineeships through to post-trade qualifications, advanced diplomas, and Recognition of Prior Learning.


One point of contact

As one organisation state-wide, we offer one centralised inbox and contact details for all your apprenticeship and traineeship enquiries. Simply get in touch with us and we'll ensure your request gets to where it needs to be. 



Our flexible training options include in the workplace, online, and in the classroom at one of our 50+ Queensland locations. We can even build a customised training plan to suit you and your business.


Industry experts

With training developed in consultation with industry and teachers with years of hands-on experience you can be confident our apprentices and trainees have the skills you're looking for.


Training facilities

With over $200 million invested in our specialist training facilities, our purpose-built training centres ensure your apprentice or trainee receives hands-on training using the latest equipment, tools and practices.


Student support

Our students have access to an extensive range of resources to assist with their studies. Our support services include learning support, counselling services, indigenous student support, and disability services. 



As an multi award-winning training provider with a 92.8 % employer satisfaction rate, TAFE Queensland continues to deliver outstanding results for both our students and employers.


Why hire an apprentice/trainee

Cost-effective way to get additional staff for your business.
Incentives, grants, and bonuses are available which can reduce training costs.
Nationally recognised qualifications developed by industry.
Flexible training options designed to meet the needs of your business.
Combines training with paid employment at your business.
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We can help you connect with enthusiastic people who want to begin an apprenticeship*.

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Flexible training options

TAFE Queensland offers a variety of training options to suit you and your business. Contact us to discuss your unique training needs and find out how we can tailor our training to best suit your business.  


Students are trained and assessed by our workplace training officers in their own workplace.

Mobile van

We bring the tools and equipment to you in our mobile training van.

Drop in days

Students can drop in to a TAFE facility at any time to train with a teacher without needing to schedule it in advance.

Day release

Training is scheduled one day a week at one of TAFE Queensland’s training facilities.

Block training

Training is delivered in study blocks of one to six weeks at one of our state-of-the-art training facilities.

Mixed mode

Combine on-campus learning with online elements, some blocks, some day release, or anything in between. 

Post-trade training

Post-trade training is a great option for your staff if your business needs to specialise, expand, or gain a specific trade licence. TAFE Queensland offers a range of post-trade short courses, diplomas, and advanced diplomas with flexible training options, payment plans, and subsidies available.

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Online requests

If you need to access a copy of a training plan, acknowledgement of Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO) notification, or other apprentice documentation you can do this online. Alternatively, you can call the TAFE Queensland apprentice hotline on
1300 782 555.

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Funding options

User choice

The User Choice 2017-20 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. The program aims to provide funding aligned to industry skills needs and shortages.

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Back to work

Back to Work is a state government initiative designed to give businesses the confidence to employ regional jobseekers. Employer Support and Youth Boost Payments are available to employers who meet all the program eligibility criteria.

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Australian federal funding

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme provides a number of incentives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice. Incentives payments are made when Australian Apprentices commence, recommence, and complete their training. 

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