FAQs for employers
For employers wishing to employ a school-based apprentice or trainee, you may find more on the school-based FAQs page.
I have an employee who would benefit from becoming an apprentice or trainee. Are they eligible?
Yes, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements to participate in an apprenticeship or traineeship in Queensland.
If your employee has worked for you, continuously, for longer than three months full-time or 12 months part-time/casual, before commencing of the apprenticeship or traineeship, they will be considered to be an 'existing worker'. Existing workers are eligible to participate in apprenticeships and traineeships however, their funding for training may be reduced. This should be discussed with the training organisation who will train your employee.
Is there a probationary period as part of the training contract for apprentices and trainees?
Each apprenticeship and traineeship has a set probationary period which provides an opportunity for you and your apprentice or trainee to work together and decide whether to continue with the apprenticeship or traineeship. During this time you should assess your apprentice or trainee's work ethic, reliability and potential to succeed in the chosen apprenticeship or traineeship.
As a general rule, probationary periods for apprenticeships last 90 days and traineeships last 30-60 days. Specific details on the probationary period are available under the individual apprenticeship or traineeship in the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).
What is competency-based training?
Most apprenticeships and traineeships in Queensland are competency-based. This means that the time to complete a competency-based apprenticeship or traineeship is flexible. For example, where an apprenticeship used to take four years to complete, an apprentice or trainee can now complete it sooner, depending on when they can demonstrate the required skills (competencies).
Who's who in apprenticeships and traineeships?
There are a number of parties you should be aware of in the Queensland apprenticeship and traineeship system. Find out the parties and their roles in the Apprentices section.
When does my apprentice progress to the next wage level?
For enquiries about wages, entitlements and wage progression enquiries, phone the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 for help in determining the correct industrial instrument and entitlements.
Fair Work provides a before you call checklist to help employers get the right information.
What is considered a notifiable event?
As an employer of an apprentice or trainee, you have responsibilities under the Further Education and Training Act 2014. You must notify the department or your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider of a range of events in specific timeframes.
Read the ATIS-013 Employer responsibilities information sheet for further details.
What happens to my apprentice or trainee if I sell my business?
If you sell your business, and the new owner agrees to continue employing and training your apprentice or trainee in the apprenticeship or traineeship, the training contract continues under the new owner. Read the ATIS-037 Transfer of a registered training contract - statutory (sale or dissolution of business) information sheet for more information.
You may also need to contact your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider so they can make changes to their internal records.
How do I complete the apprenticeship or traineeship and is there a limit to how quickly the apprenticeship or traineeship can be completed?
The apprenticeship or traineeship is complete once you, your apprentice or trainee and your training organisation agree that all the requirements of the training plan have been fulfilled.
While there is no formal limit, how quickly an apprenticeship or traineeship can be completed will depend on a range of factors, including the competence and skills of the apprentice or trainee, your ability to provide work experience in the range of competencies required and the ability of the training organisation to provide flexible training programs.
If applicable, the expected duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship should be discussed with the parties at the time of the induction and be reviewed as monitoring takes place during the apprenticeship or traineeship.
The ATIS-009 Completing an apprenticeship or traineeship information sheet provides further details.
My apprentice/trainee has just walked out/quit. What should I do?
Phone your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider or Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210 to discuss your options.