Employing an apprentice or trainee

Your responsibilities

As an employer of an apprentices or trainee, your responsibilities to them will include:

  • making sure they receive the correct training and are enrolled with a registered training organisation (RTO)
  • allowing them to leave work to attend off-the-job training
  • providing them with appropriate facilities and experienced people to work with.

For more help understanding your obligations and expectations, see:

Getting started

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network is the nationwide advisory service for employers of apprentices and trainees.

Your first step is to contact an Apprenticeship Network provider in your area. They will tell you everything you need to know about finding an apprentice or trainee and entering into a training contract.

To find your local Apprenticeship Network provider, see:

For more information, call the Australian apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73, or see:

Becoming an approved employer

Your local Apprenticeship Network provider will ask you to make declarations about any convictions for indictable offences, and any findings or convictions in relation to workplace safety, pay and conditions.

You have the option of providing this information via a declaration or a statutory declaration. If you opt to sign a statutory declaration, you will be exempted from verification checks.

Your details will be provided to us. It is then our job to decide whether to approve you as an employer, before you enter into any training contract.

Some of the criteria we consider include:

  • The premises in which the apprentice/trainee is to be employed.

  • The equipment and methods to be used in training.

  • Whether any person whom the employer uses or intends to use for supervising the apprentice's training:

    • has the appropriate qualifications, knowledge and skill

    • is otherwise a fit and proper person for the purpose of training.

  • Whether the employer is a fit and proper person to employ an apprentice.

    For more details on our approval process, see: