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Information for employers regarding employing an Australian Trainee


In the ACT, you can enter a National Training Contract (training contract) if your employee:

  • is in paid work in the ACT
  • is at least 15 years-of-age
  • is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand passport holder resident for more than 6 months
  • is not a casual employee or self-employed (sub-contractor)
  • is supervised by a suitably qualified person who is permanently employed at the same workplace and predominantly for the same hours as the Australian Trainee
  • undertakes a minimum of 15 hours combined work and training per week (minimum of 11 hours and a maximum of 20 hours for an ASBA
  • undertakes an approved Australian Trainee qualification with an approved RTO.

There are six easy steps to employ an Australian Trainee.

Step 1

Seek out your prospective Australian Trainee employee. This can be done through a GTO, Job Services Australia, job sites on the internet, advertising in the newspaper, your usual company selection processes, or other sources.

Step 2

Commence employment of your selected Australian Trainee.

Step 3

Choose an Apprenticeship Network Provider that will help you complete a training contract, assist in the selection of an appropriate qualification for your business and speak with the Australian Salesmasters Training Co to deliver the training. The training contract may commence on the same day that employment commences or may commence at a later date. Australian Trainees who have been employed less than 3 months full-time or 12 months part-time equivalent at the time of signing a training contract are classified as new workers (those employed longer than this are classified as existing workers). New workers and existing workers can attract different levels of funding so it is important to finalise a training contract quickly for the new employer. Contact your AAC for further information.

Step 4

Lodge the training contract for approval within 3 months of the nominated start-date on the training contract through the AAC you have chosen and ensure you keep a copy of training contract.

Step 5

Negotiate and sign a training plan with the Australian Salesmasters Training Co.

Step 6

Organise and continuously take part in the workplace component of the structured training for your Australian Trainee through to completion of the qualification. This ensures assessment and validation of competence in the workplace.