We all know that hiring an apprentice or trainee can do great things for your business. Not only will you have the chance to strengthen your skills capacity – you may also qualify for incentives like government funding.

But how do you find the right person to take on?

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be facilitated directly through your business or via a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). To experience the benefits of hiring an apprentice or trainee, you’ll need to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that you have the resources and processes in place to provide a high standard of training.   

If you’re not sure how to employ an apprentice or trainee, these tips will help you turn the perfect candidate into a valued member of your team.


Understand Your Obligations

Employers are required to meet a range of obligations when hiring an apprentice or trainee. Failing to meet your obligations could result in the training arrangement falling through, leaving both parties out of pocket. This is why it’s so important to be aware of your responsibilities as an employer.  

Any business that takes on an apprentice or trainee will have specific obligations concerning:

  • Training facilities
  • Supervision requirements
  • Training contracts
  • Keeping a record of training
  • Work health and safety.

The exact obligations you’re required to meet will depend on the trade or qualification your employee is being trained in. If you’re unsure of your responsibilities, working with an RTO is the surest way to understand how to employ a trainee or apprentice and the requirements involved with this process.


Work With an RTO

Working with an RTO can take the hassle out of ensuring your apprentice or trainee develops the right skills. RTOs are registered with state regulators to facilitate VET training, giving them the authorisation to award nationally recognised qualifications. They can recommend the most suitable training arrangement based on your business needs and will help you meet your employer obligations.

Your apprentice or trainee will need to be employed with your business on either a full-time or part-time basis for them to participate in training facilitated by an RTO. You will also be required to provide them with access to a workplace relevant to their qualification.


Find the Right Cultural Fit

Experiencing the benefits of a traineeship for employers will only be possible if you find the right cultural fit for your business. Choosing an apprentice or trainee whose goals align with your business’s core values is crucial, as you’ll be investing up to 4 years of training resources in their development.

Apart from having a strong work ethic, the person you employ will also need to mesh well with your existing workforce. To avoid hiring the wrong person for the job, take the time to evaluate each candidate carefully.


If you’re thinking of expanding your workforce, learn more about the benefits of hiring an apprentice or trainee. You may also want to visit our Information for Employers page to find out the steps involved with the hiring process. Once you’ve found the right fit, contact Major Training to start developing your new employee’s skills.