The benefits and options when it comes to apprentices

Choosing to invest in an apprentice or trainee can have enormous benefits for your business.

Employing an Apprentice or trainee is a smart investment in the future of your business – it can provide real benefits and contribute to your bottom line.

Apprentices and trainees guarantee the future skills needs of your industry – some skilled occupations take years to learn and some can only be learnt through practical and hands on trainings, paired with classroom-based theory. Apprenticeships and traineeships offer exactly this.

  • Staff will be trained to meet your business needs

  • A range of financial incentives and assistance may apply

  • You get to choose the training provider and how, when and where training is delivered

  • Training achieves nationally recognised qualifications developed by industry

  • Over 1,000 qualifications available to match your requirements

Since 1980, Novaskill has been helping businesses recruit and manage their trainee and apprentice workforce.

There are lot’s of options and flexibility to meet your business needs.

An Australian Apprentice can be a student or school-leaver, a person re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers.

Combining time at work with training, they can be full-time, part-time or school-based. In hiring an Australian Apprentice, you can negotiate off-the-job training components around timing, location and the nature of the training to meet your business needs. You can also engage an Australian Apprentice part-time while he or she is still at school through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship. Mature-aged apprentices re-entering the workforce or making a career change can bring a wide range of life and workplace skills and experience to your business.


Some industries use apprentices and others use trainees.

  • Apprenticeship

    An Apprentice is trained in a traditional trade, such as a chef, mechanic, plumber or builder. Once completed your apprenticeship you would be considered a qualified tradesman.

  • Traineeship

    Trainees are trained in a vocational area that may be considered a white, green or blue collared profession. Job roles include office administration, IT and Tourism. Once completed a trainee will receive a qualification in their chosen vocational area.

Both options can be full-time or part-time.

  • Full Time

    Full time apprentices and trainees work and train an average of 38 hours a week and are not considered a casual employee. This means they have ongoing employment.

  • Part Time

    A Part time apprentice or trainee are also considered a regular employee, continuously employed, working and training no less than 15 hours a week (averaged over a 4 week cycle).

Looking for info specifically about trainees?

Looking for someone a little more ‘mature’?

Mature aged apprentices are be of enormous benefit to your business. Often older apprentices provide more reliability, life skills and knowledge. Prior life experiences and early learning may provide them with credit and reduce training time via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Current Competency (RCC). Please speak to us for more details.

Or perhaps someone still at school?

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow year 11 and 12 students to work for your business as paid employees and undertake training to attain a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification as well as their Higher School Certificate (HSC)/ Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

An SAT will be on the job for approximately one day each week throughout Year 11 and Year 12 and will begin full time work as a second year apprentice or trainee from the January after they finish school.

For more information about the options available to you, please leave your details.

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