How to employ an apprentice or trainee

How to hire apprentices and trainees, find programs and training providers, and get a Training Contract in NSW. Find out what works for your business.

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Step by step guide to employ an apprentice or trainee

Thinking about hiring an apprentice or trainee in NSW? Here's the essential steps to getting someone on board and a Training Contract in place.

Training Contract

For an apprenticeship or traineeship to be legal in NSW, the employer and apprentice/trainee must sign a Training Contract. This must be approved by Training Services NSW. Here’s how it works.

Programs to employ apprentices or trainees

Programs to help you train and upskill staff and recruit new apprentices or trainees to grow your business. Including school-based apprenticeships, support for Aboriginal staff and business, and people with disabilities.

What apprenticeship or traineeship is right for your business?

What type of apprenticeship or traineeship would work for your organisation? Find out about categories, industries, courses and assess your business needs.

Alter, transfer, cancel or suspend a Training Contract.

Read this before you make any changes to an apprenticeship or traineeship. A Training Contract is a legally binding agreement with steps you must follow to change or cancel.

Training apprentices or trainees at work

Learn about training your apprentice or trainee on the job, including the Training Plan, supervising staff, rights and responsibilities, and more.

How Group Training Organisations can help

A group training organisation (GTO) hires apprentices and trainees and places them with host employers. They take on employer responsibilities – so you can get on with running your business.

Find a GTO in NSW

Find a registered group training organisation (GTO) in NSW by region or alphabetical listing. 

Access Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS)

CAPS is a free service where employers can find and recruit apprentices and trainees unemployed due to economic downturn.
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