The Australian Government and state/territory governments provide funding for vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. It is underpinned by:

  • high standards of training
  • strategically targeted funding
  • industry developed training packages.

The ACT Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) manages funding related to the VET, higher education and adult community education sectors.Australian Traineeships combine practical work with structured learning and lead to a nationally recognised qualification. They provide Australian Trainees with the necessary job experience to get the career they want. Australian Traineeships also provide a range of benefits for businesses. Group training organisations (GTOs) are able to arrange for you to share an Australian Apprentice with another business if you don't have enough work for an ongoing or full-time position.


Benefits of hiring an Australian Trainee

  • people trained to your business requirements
  • training offered in a range of industries
  • training offered at all certificate levels up to advanced diploma
  • flexible choice of registered training organisations (RTOs), which provide off-the-job training to your Australian Trainee, with negotiations around timing, location and nature of the training to suit your business needs
  • government funding may be available to subsidise the cost of training
  • a range of financial incentives for eligible employers
  • attainment of nationally recognised qualifications.

Costs of hiring an Australian Trainee

An Australian Apprentice is generally paid a training/apprentice wage under an award because they spend time in training, however, in some cases an apprentice can be paid above award wage. The wages for apprentices vary based on; years of school completed, years of training, the type of Australian Apprenticeship and the industry or occupation. Australian Apprentices are generally treated the same as any other employee in terms of superannuation, workers compensation and any other entitlements or requirements.