Which employment options are available?

There are many options available in employing an Australian Apprentice including through an enterprise agreement if you are in the federal system or an Industrial Agreement or an Employer Employee agreement if you are not in the federal system. For more information see Awards And Employment Contracts in this section.

You can hire an apprentice full-time, part-time or even through a casual or ‘time-share’ basis with another employer when you enlist the services of a Group Training organisation.

You can even engage an Australian Apprentice part-time while he or she is still at school through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

Group training

Group Training is an alternative approach for small and medium sized businesses that:

  • can not offer an apprentice a permanent position as they are unable to guarantee ongoing work
  • may not have the range of work available to ensure that their apprentice gains all the necessary job skills for that industry or occupation; and
  • do not have the time to undertake all of the employment and training functions that would otherwise be required.

Group Training is an arrangement where a Group Training company employs apprentices and hires them out to other businesses (the host employers) while they are training. The Group Training company is the primary employer and:

  • selects the apprentice;
  • manages their training;
  • takes responsibility for all paperwork connected with wages, allowances, superannuation, workers compensation, sick/holiday pay and other employment benefits; and
  • rotates the Australian Apprentice from business to business, where necessary, to ensure that each Australian Apprentice receives a broad range of training and experience.

Group Training provides a cost-effective and administratively simple way for small to medium sized businesses to hire Australian Apprentices when this might otherwise not be possible.

It also creates quality employment and training opportunities for apprentices and trainees and provides a breadth of experience gained in a number of different enterprises.

Group Training organisations operate across Australia. Some specialise in servicing a particular industry, while others may cater for an entire region, covering many industries.

To find out more about Group Training options in your area: