Apprenticeships and traineeships are a smart way to recruit and train employees to meet the current and future needs of your business. You can customise the training, increase efficiency, boost your business financially, and contribute to lifelong learning in your workplace.
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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Employing an apprentice or trainee

The first step in employing and apprentice or trainee is to decide what you're looking for. Then you find the apprentice or trainee. You can recruit directly, advertise the position, get in touch with a local employment agency, or contact a group training provider. TAFE Queensland can even connect you with job-ready candidates who have already completed basic workplace training with us.

Next you sign and lodge a training contract and plan. Then you must register the apprenticeship or traineeship. Your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (ASSN) provider can help. Finally, you must complete a probation period.

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Looking for an apprentice?

We can help you connect with enthusiastic people who want to begin an apprenticeship.

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Flexible training options


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. 


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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Post-trade training

Post-trade training is great if you want to specialise, gain a specific trade licence, gain credit towards university or expand your horizons after completing an apprenticeship. TAFE Queensland offers a range of post-trade specialist short courses, diplomas and advanced diplomas. There are a range of flexible training, payment and subsidised options available. Eligibility conditions may apply.

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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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News and events

Apprentice and employer

5 reasons to hire an apprentice or trainee

There has never been a better time to hire an apprentice. Skilled people are hard to find, you can improve workplace efficiency, and there are a range of financial incentives available.

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Chaz Goulding
Greater Brisbane

From apprentice to teacher

Electrician and TAFE Queensland teacher Chaz Goulding likes to give back and encourage young women to try a trade.

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How to choose a quality training provider

Choosing a quality training provider to support your business can be challenging, and there are three key things you should consider when making your decision.

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