Are you considering recruiting new staff or looking to upskill or train existing staff? Employing an Australian apprentice or trainee may be the solution

Apprentices and trainees gain practical skills and nationally recognised training while working in your business, contributing valuable skills to your workplace.

What are the key benefits of hiring a trainee or apprentice?

  • secure talent and reduce possible future workforce skill shortages
  • provide experienced staff in your business mentoring opportunities
  • access to Government funding, incentives and rebates, where eligible, to make apprentice and trainees a cost-effective way of employing staff
  • support future generations growing their skills in industry and learn on the job.

Why choose Chisholm for your apprentice and trainee training?

We have over 20 years’ experience in apprenticeship and traineeship course delivery across a broad range of areas. In 2021 we worked in partnership with industry to help educate over 6500+ apprentices and trainees.

Our experienced and dedicated educators and trainers work with you, the employer, to understand your business training needs. This enables us to tailor training for your apprentices and trainees, meeting the needs of your business through quality nationally accredited training.

Flexible training is designed to suit your business from workplace, online, on campus or combined delivery.

We pride ourselves on our reputation as a registered training organisation (RTO) responsive to both the needs of business and the apprentice or trainee. And we aim to make the business of training your workforce as simple and stress free as possible.

Our training keeps pace with changes in the workplace and wider industry. Training in the workplace will reduce the time your apprentice or trainee is away from the business - saving you time and money.

As an employer, am I eligible for financial assistance?

As an employer of an Australian Apprentice, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government to help with hiring, training and retaining an apprentice.

The new $2.4 billion Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System (AAIS) commenced on 1 July 2022 and replaces the BAC program.

From 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024, the AAIS will provide broad support to the economy through wage subsidies for eligible employers in priority occupations. Priority occupations are those listed on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List.

Summary of assistance available under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

For more information contact your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

I am an employer wanting to discuss traineeship, who do I contact?

Contact our Workforce Development team

Monday – Friday 8.30am-5pm on or 1300 244 746. Alternatively, you can contact us via the form on the bottom of this page.

If you are a potential trainee, please see our Student's Apprenticeship and Traineeship page.

Apprenticeship Hub - supporting employers of apprentices

Our Apprenticeship Hub is a single point of contact for enrolled apprentices and their employers and is located at our Dandenong campus.

Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5pm
1300 775 265

Our team are experts when it comes to the apprenticeship process offering dedicated support and information. We manage first-year apprenticeship enrolments, all apprenticeship and employer enquiries and can liaise with your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) where required.

The Apprenticeship Hub:

  • answer your questions via phone, email and webchat
  • enrols your Chisholm apprentice/s
  • assists in linking you and your apprentices to support services
  • assists you accessing our <>employer portal to track your apprentice’s progress.

Access the employer portal

Apprenticeship training plans

To access BAC wage subsidies and other government incentives you'll need a signed training plan. To access your training plan you and your apprentice will need to have:

  1. registered your Training Contract with the VRQA.
  2. completed the enrolment process with us.
  3. provided the signed training plan back to the Apprenticeship Hub.

Once steps 1 - 3 are complete, your Training Plan will be available to download from our Employer Portal

If you don't have access to the employer portal or need a refresher, please email us at Please include your contact details, business name and apprentice details and one of our friendly staff will get back to you.

How to hire an apprentice or trainee

Understand your obligations

Prior to taking on an apprentice or trainee, you must have a clear understanding of the employment arrangement and the conditions of employment for apprentices and trainees as they are the same as for employees in the same occupation.

Find out more on the Fair Work Ombudsman website at

Decide what type of person you want

Understanding the skills your business needs, what the job involves and whether you need a part-time or full-time apprentice or trainee must be determined before looking for an apprentice or trainee.

Find an apprentice or trainee

Finding the right apprentice or trainee to fit your business can take some time, but there are many ways to find the right person:

A GTO assists particularly small to medium businesses who don’t have the capacity to manage the administration required to become an employer of an apprentice or trainee. The GTO recruits the apprentice or trainee and places them with ‘host’ employers while they complete their training. The GTO is the employer and therefore is responsible for all the employment benefits of the apprentice or trainee.

Sign up and lodge a training contract

If you have found your apprentice or trainee through a Group Training Organisation (GTO) you are not responsible for the training contract or plan. If you have found your apprentice or trainee directly, you will need to:

  • agree on a qualification suitable for your workplace that also suits the apprentice or trainee
  • complete a training contract
  • select a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver training such as Chisholm or search
  • develop a training plan with the chosen RTO and your apprentice or trainee.

Register the apprenticeship or trainee

Once you have completed the contract, provide these to your local Australian Apprentices Support Network provider. They will lodge the completed contract with the relevant State and Territory Training Authorities (STAs) for registration. Once the registration is complete you will enrol with your chosen Registered Training Organisation (such as Chisholm) and complete a training plan which will need to be provided to your local Australian Apprenticeships Support Network Provider.

Where can I find more information?

For more information, please visit:

Find out more about apprenticeships

Find out more about traineeships