Steps to get started
This information is applicable to anyone wanting to start an apprenticeship or traineeship in Queensland. However, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships have specific requirements in addition to the information below - visit the School-based apprenticeships and traineeships section for further information.
Choose the right apprenticeship or traineeship
Think about what you enjoy doing and what your interests are. Talk to your family, friends or school career counsellor or guidance officer about the job you are interested in.
The following websites may provide a good starting point to find out about your career options:
Find out if there is an approved apprenticeship or traineeship in the occupation you are interested in by browsing the A - Z of apprenticeships and traineeships on the Queensland Training Information Services (QTIS) website.
Before commencing an apprenticeship, you might like to get a 'taste' for the trade by participating in a pre-apprenticeship course:
- contact a training organisation who offers training in the trade you are interested in - search your chosen apprenticeship or traineeship on the QTIS website to find a list of training organisations
- visit the Pre-apprenticeship Course Finder on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.
Find an employer
Unfortunately Apprenticeships Info does not keep details of job vacancies and therefore are unable to match jobseekers with employers. Finding an employer is the responsibility of the individual.
You will need to find an employer in your chosen occupation to employ you as an apprentice or trainee. The employer will show you the ropes and help you progress through your apprenticeship or traineeship. There are two ways you can be employed as an apprentice or trainee:
- Directly by a business. The business will pay your wages and train you with the support of a training organisation.
- By a group training organisation (GTO). GTOs organise your training with your training organisation, however they will place you with different businesses (host employers) to gain the on-the-job skills. Phone the Apprentice Employment Network on 1800 819 747 to find a GTO near you.
Choose your training organisation
You and your employer will choose a training organisation who will:
- help you and your employer develop the training plan which outlines what you need to learn and when, and how it will be delivered and assessed
- provide you with a training record to document your training
- deliver training and assess your achievement of skills
- issue a qualification on successful completion of your apprenticeship or traineeship.
Work with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider
Your employer will need to contact an AASN provider on 13 38 73 to organise the signing of a training contract. Within 14 days of the apprenticeship or traineeship start date, the training contract must be signed by yourself and your employer (and parent/guardian if applicable and appropriate) and within 28 days, the completed and signed training contract must be given to the AASN provider.
The AASN provider will lodge the training contract and once registered, you and your employer will receive a letter confirming the details.
Use the probationary period to be sure
Probation is a period of time (generally 90 days for apprenticeships and 30 - 60 days for traineeships) when the apprentice or trainee works and trains with their employer before each decides whether to continue with the apprenticeship or traineeship. Search for your chosen apprenticeship or traineeship on the QTIS website to confirm the probationary period.
Use the time wisely to determine if you and your new employer can work together and whether the chosen apprenticeship or traineeship suits your career expectations.