Employing an apprentice can maximise productivity and recruitment efficiency. In addition to giving your business the capability to grow, providing employment and training opportunities is also a great way to strengthen your workforce from within. Major Training believes apprentices are one of the most valuable resources a business can invest in, which is why we assist employers with providing apprenticeships in QLD.

Our team will work with you to facilitate employment and training opportunities to suitable candidates, allowing you to teach apprentices your policies and procedures from the very start of their career. If you’re unsure how to provide apprenticeships and traineeships through your business, the information below covers essential guidance for employers.

Employer Responsibilities

Employers who provide apprenticeship training are required to meet specific responsibilities to ensure optimal training outcomes. These responsibilities relate to: 

  • Training and assessment procedures
  • Minimum hours for school-based apprenticeships
  • Supervision
  • Range of work
  • Notification of events that could potentially impact training outcomes
  • Availability of facilities.

Major Training works with businesses to ensure they have the knowledge and resources to consistently do the right thing by their apprentices and trainees. For further information on all parties responsibilities please visit desbt@qld.gov.au and search information sheets.

Why Employers Choose Major Training

If you’re considering hiring a trade apprentice or trainee, Major Training can provide you with support throughout this process. As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), we’re able to offer a range of training plans for apprenticeships and traineeships across various industries, including:

  • Engineering
  • Civil construction
  • Carpentry
  • Automotive
  • Painting & decorating.

Major Training can develop customised training plans to suit the needs of apprentices and employers. Working in partnership with the Australian Apprenticeship Networks, we provide education and coaching to employers to ensure the proper delivery of training. Our team can also offer performance management support to employers to effectively track the progress of apprentices.

Apprenticeship Training Courses

Many trades take years to learn, and can only be taught through extensive hands-on training. Our apprenticeship training courses are designed to reflect the practical nature of the qualifications we provide,whilst working with the employer to allow the apprentices to develop the theoretical skills and knowledge needed to build a successful career in their chosen field.

Major Training offers the following apprenticeship courses:  

These courses are provided through part-time, full-time and school-based training plans. Employers are required to allow for the development of practical experience by adapting the course to their workplace procedures. This allows apprentices to gain a thorough understanding of their chosen qualification in a practical setting.

Costs and Incentives

Employers can subsidise the cost of offering apprenticeships in QLD by taking part in federal and state funding schemes and incentives. Designed to offset the expenses involved with providing skills-based training, these incentives enable businesses to invest in apprenticeships and traineeships without putting extra pressure on their bottom line.

To learn more about the incentives and funding provided to employers, please visit our Funding page.

For more information on the responsibilities of employers who provide apprenticeship training, contact Major Training today.


Should I hire an apprentice or trainee?

Deciding whether to hire an apprentice or trainee will depend on the type of skills your business needs. Traineeships usually take 1-2 years full-time to complete, whereas apprenticeships typically take 3-4 years full-time to complete.

What financial support or funding is available for apprentices and trainees?

The type of financial support or funding you qualify for as an employer will depend on the type of training your apprentice or trainee is undertaking. The Australian government supports the development of skills in key areas by offering employers financial incentives for specific apprenticeships and traineeships. For more information, please visit our Funding page.

How do I choose a registered training provider?

Your final decision should be based on a range of factors, including the specific types of training your RTO provides, delivery mode, location, costs and the type of skills your business is most in need of. Major Training is registered to deliver training for apprenticeships and traineeships in Queensland. To see what Major Training can provide for your business, learn more about our Funding options.

What are the benefits of employing an apprentice and trainee?

There are many benefits to employing an apprentice or trainee, including increased productivity, less risk of experiencing a skills shortage, financial incentives and long-term development for your business.

Can a sole trader employ an apprentice?

Yes, but only if your business is equipped to meet all the training needs of your apprentice. If you’re not sure whether you qualify, learn more about supervisor requirements here.

How much does it cost to employ an apprentice?

There are some costs involved with employing an apprentice, but you may qualify for financial incentives to help offset those costs. Apprentices are an investment, and any money you spend on their training will benefit your business in the long-run.

Is there a probationary period for an apprentice?

Yes. Generally, the probationary period for apprentices is 90 days and 30-60 days for trainees. For more information on probationary periods, please view the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training fact sheet.

Can my apprentice or trainee complete their training early?

Yes. Your apprentice may apply for a competency-based early completion. You and your RTO will need to ensure your apprentice or trainee has demonstrated all the required competencies before applying for an early completion.

Where can I find more information on employer responsibilities?

Go to the Department of Employment Small Business and Training fact sheet for more information.