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Recruiting and managing an apprentice or trainee

There are a number of incentives and benefits available to employers who take on an apprentice or trainee, but there are also obligations they need to be aware. The following links have information about the recruitment process, as well as what incentives and subsides are available to employers, employers' obligations, and information regarding costs/wages and the on-going management of an apprentice/trainee.

Recruiting an apprentice / trainee
Before employers start the recruitment process they need to be sure that their business is ready to employ a trainee/apprentice, and determine the type of position they want filled and the skills required for it.

What are the costs involved in employing an apprentice or trainee?
The wages payable to trainees and apprentices are often lower than a full wage rate in recognition of the time the trainee or apprentice spends in structured training both on and off-the-job. In addition to wages, there are other costs the employer needs to consider.

Record keeping and reporting for employers
As an employer you are legally required to keep certain records and reports relevant to the traineeship/apprenticeship. Central to this is a training plan that every trainee or apprentice must have, which outlines exactly what training needs to be undertaken during the traineeship or apprenticeship, where that training will occur and when the training and/or assessment will take place.

What can employers and apprentices/trainees do if they have problems at work or with their training?
A number of point of contacts, who provide advice, assistance and guidance to apprentices, trainees and employers, are available if there are any problems with the traineeship/apprenticeship, although the relevant Apprenticeship Network Provider should be the first point of contact.