Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy

The Australian Federal Government is supporting employers who engage a new Australian Apprentice or Trainee by announcing the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy.

Through the subsidy, any business or Group Training Organisation that engages an Australian Apprentice between 5 October, 2020 and 30 June, 2022 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent of wages paid to a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for a 12-month period from the date of commencement, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter. There is no cap on the number of eligible trainees/ apprentices.

For further information, including terms and conditions, refer to Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements.

As an employer, am I eligible for the wage subsidy?

You may be eligible to receive the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy if you meet the following criteria:

  • you engage an Australian Apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 30 June, 2022 and
  • your Australian Apprentice or trainee is enrolled and undertaking a Certificate II or higher qualification and has a training contract that is formally approved by the state training authority.

For further information, including terms and conditions, refer to Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements.

How can I apply or find out more about the subsidy?

For further information on how to apply for the subsidy, including information on eligibility, contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

Invest in your workforce

A skilled workforce ensures your business is responsive to change and remains competitive.

Are you considering recruiting new staff or looking to upskill or train existing staff? Employing an Australian apprentice or trainee could be the way to go.

With the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy available to eligible employers, there’s never been a better time to take on an apprentice or trainee.

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

Engaging an apprentice or trainee could provide your business with:

  • new perspectives and innovative ideas.
  • developing unique skills specific to the needs of your business.
  • providing experienced staff in your business mentoring opportunities by sharing knowledge and skills.
  • increased productivity and positive workplace culture.
  • creating a committed team through mentorship and training.
  • securing the future of your business and reducing possible future skill shortages within your workforce.
  • accessing Government funding, incentives and rebates where eligible to make apprentice and trainees a cost effective way of training staff.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine paid, practical industry learning with a nationally recognised qualification with a registered training organisation (RTO), like Chisholm.

An apprenticeship is usually full-time but can be part-time. Depending on the industry, an apprenticeship may take between three and six years to complete. An apprenticeship must be a permanent position.

Your apprentice is paid while they learn, including time spent at TAFE. Once the apprenticeship is complete, the apprentice becomes a qualified tradesperson.

Chisholm Apprenticeship Courses

What is a traineeship?

Traineeships are generally non-trade related such as office administration, hospitality, and information technology. They combine paid practical workplace employment under supervision, with formal study with an RTO such as Chisholm.

A traineeship can be full-time or part-time and can take one to two years to complete. A traineeship must be a permanent position.

Your trainee is paid while they undertake their traineeship and once the traineeship is complete, the trainee receives a minimum Certificate II qualification.

Chisholm Traineeship Courses

Why choose Chisholm for your apprentices and trainees?

We are the largest education provider of apprentices and trainees in Victoria. This allows us to offer a range of benefits for both employers and 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 training.

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

We pride ourselves on our reputation as a quality RTO, responsive to both the needs of business and the apprentice. And we aim to make the business of training your workforce as simple and stress free as possible.

Our apprenticeship trainers have extensive on the job experience and knowledge of industry and government regulation and requirements. Many of our staff, just like you, have owned their own trade business and employed apprentices. They understand the pressures of running a successful operation whilst building skills and knowledge in their employees.

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.

Apprenticeship Hub - we're here to help!

Contact us:
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5pm
1300 775 265
The Apprenticeship Hub is located at Dandenong campus, Building A (entry via the Student Hub).

Our Apprenticeship Hub is a single point of contact for apprentices and employers. 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 is here to:

  • answer your questions first time via phone, email and webchat
  • enrol your Chisholm apprentice/s
  • assist in linking you and your apprentices to support services
  • assist you in accessing our employer portal to track your apprentices progress

Visit the Chisholm Employer Portal

Apprenticeship training plans

To access BAC wage subsidy 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

1. Understand your obligations

Prior to taking on an apprentice or trainee, an employer 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

2. 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.

3. Find an apprentice or trainee

Finding the right apprentice or trainee to fit your business can take some time, but there are many different 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.


4. Sign up and lodge a training contract

If you have found your apprentice or trainee through a 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.

5. Register the apprenticeship or trainee

Once you have completed the contract, provide these to your local Australian Apprentices Support Network provider and 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

Information for students looking to undertake an apprenticeship