Programs to employ apprentices or trainees
Programs to help you recruit new apprentices or trainees to grow your business. Including school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, support for Aboriginal staff and business, and opportunities employing people with disabilities.
There are many programs to help you get a good apprentice or trainee on board.
As well as the information below, see Get funding and support which includes information on incentives and the CAPS program.
See How to employ an apprentice or trainee if it’s your first time hiring.
Employing school-based apprentices and trainees
Employing a school-based apprentice or trainee can help build the future workforce.
A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship involves:
- formal training by a Registered Training Organisation
- part-time or one day a week in paid employment.
Year 10, 11 and 12 high school students can be part of this program.
For details see For employers – School-based apprenticeships and traineeships - Skills NSW
Employing Aboriginal apprentices or trainees
There are some great opportunities to help you employ and upskill Aboriginal apprentices or trainees.
Barranggirra - Skilling for Employment:
is a new initiative in 2021.
provides end-to-end support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners.
helps build stronger links for Aboriginal people
finds employment and training opportunities in NSW.
See Barranggirra - Skilling for Employment Initiative
Fee-free apprenticeship and traineeship training
Eligible Aboriginal students can get fee-free training with approved training providers. Employees can hone their skills and pick up new ones. See Smart and Skilled.
Employing people with disabilities
There are programs to help you recruit and train people with disabilities as apprentices and trainees, to help grow your business.
Employing people with disability as apprentices or trainees may entitle you to government incentives.
Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS)
If you’re an employer who has taken on an eligible apprentice or trainee with disability, you may also be entitled to DAAWS. DAAWS is a Commonwealth-funded wage subsidy for employers.
Your Search Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANP) can advise you on the eligibility criteria and assist with the paperwork.
Australian Government assistance to employers includes the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) | Job Access You may get support for:
- Workplace modification - refund of expenses
- Tutoring for the formal training component
- Mentoring in the workplace or training organisation
- Interpreter services (for the hearing impaired).
Other programs to help you recruit and train
To find out about other government support and incentives for recruiting and retaining apprentices and trainees see Get funding and support.
This includes information on using the CAPS program to recruit apprentices and trainees.
For other quality vocational education and training programs and opportunities for apprenticeships and traineeships, see
- Vocational education and training programs and services.
- Programs by industry at Apprenticeship and Traineeship Search (nsw.gov.au)
This includes opportunities under Smart & Skilled for refugees and regional and rural workers.
- Step by step guide to employing an apprentice or trainee
- Smart and Skilled
- Job Access - workplace solutions for the disabled
- Search Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) - find your nearest ANP
- Australian Apprenticeships website - Assistance available for Australian Apprentices with disability