Employing an apprentice or trainee is a smart investment in the future of your business for many reasons, but let’s start by examining what is required of an apprentice or trainee.
Full-time apprentices and trainees work and train from 36 to 38 hours a week. Part-time apprentices and trainees work and train a minimum of 15 hours per week, averaged over a four-week cycle.
Traineeships vary in length from 12 months to three years, while apprenticeships are generally four years in length. The term of a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship is generally double that of the full-time term. However, as the training is competency-based, completion is dependent upon when the apprentice or trainee has successfully gained all the knowledge, skills and competencies required. More information can be found on the Queensland government website Length of apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet
Adult and mature age apprentices and trainees provide reliability, life experience and knowledge that can be valuable not only to employers, but other staff. An adult apprentice or trainee’s existing skills and experience, gained through education, training, work and life experience, may provide them with credit and may reduce their training time.
Employers of some mature aged workers may also attract commencement and completion incentives through the Australian Government.
School-based apprentices and trainees undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship as part of their high school studies. A school-based apprentice or trainee’s employment and/or training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based. Read further information about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships here http://apprenticeshipsinfo.qld.gov.au/school-based/index.html
It may be possible for an existing employee to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship with your business. Find out about eligibility into an apprenticeship or traineeship as an existing worker here http://apprenticeshipsinfo.qld.gov.au/apprentices/become-apprentice/eligible.html
Investing in training through an apprenticeship can provide your business with real benefits and contribute to your bottom line. A range of financial incentives may be available to you when you employ an apprentice or trainee from the Queensland and federal government.
Employers may be entitled to receive the following financial incentives:
- School to Trade Pathway Incentive Scheme (Queensland) makes financial contributions for school-based apprentices. Visit https://training.qld.gov.au/apprentices/incentives/schooltrade for more information on this incentive.
- Employers may be eligible to receive incentive payments under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program. More information can be found at https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/employers
- Australian Government financial support is available for adult workers (aged 25 years or over) to upgrade their skills through an apprenticeship for occupations listed here https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/national-skills-needs-list
- Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support(DAAWS) is available from the federal government where assistance can be available to employers who employ an eligible apprentice with disability. Read more https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/programs/support-australian-apprentices-disability
Apart from financial incentives there are other benefits for employers:
- It is an effective way to attract and recruit staff as employers view apprenticeships and traineeships as an integral component of their workforce recruitment strategy. Employers train the person within their work environment in areas where skills are required.
- It is a catalyst for rethinking systems and processes as employers have reported that training an apprentice or trainee often encourages staff to rethink and challenge existing work practices. Productivity improvements can be an unexpected consequence of employing an apprentice or trainee.
- It can contribute to the community as school-based apprenticeships or traineeships can make a real difference in motivating young people to complete school and work towards their future goal.
- It results in employer satisfaction as employers and supervisors often experience a great deal of satisfaction during the process as they help apprentices and trainees mould new skills and gain confidence in a work environment.
Visit http://apprenticeshipsinfo.qld.gov.au/apprentices/financial-assistance/wages-conditions.html to find out more about wages, workers’ compensation, superannuation, tools entitlements and employee rights.
Read testimonials from businesses who are involved in the apprenticeship and traineeship system in Queensland.