Finding an apprentice or trainee who’s a great fit for your workplace can be similar to filling roles for regular employees. You can advertise on job sites, or use your own networks and word of mouth. And there are some extra options worth looking into:
School-based apprentices and trainees pursue on-the-job training and vocational study part-time, alongside their regular high school studies. They will also have their school, a parent or guardian and a training provider monitoring their work commitments. This can be a great way to give a young person experience in your industry without committing to full-time employment. Get in touch with the VET coordinator or industry liaison officer at your local school to find out more.
TAFEs and training institutes
Some people go through pre-apprenticeship training to build up their skill set ahead of an apprenticeship. Many TAFEs and other training institutes, such as Group Training Organisations (GTOs), offer this training, so these can be good places to find motivated candidates who are already on track with industry-specific education. Find your local TAFE here, relevant training institute here and GTO here.
Apprenticeship Network Providers
As well as assisting employers, your Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) is responsible for supporting local apprentices and trainees – even before they begin their training. This can include matching candidates with job opportunities, so it’s a good way to advertise your apprenticeship or traineeship. Have a look here to find your closest ANP.
Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program
Many apprentices and trainees lost their employment over the COVID-19 pandemic. The Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program helps match job vacancies with suitable candidates from this group. The program can be a good option if you don’t want to commit to the full length of an apprenticeship or traineeship, and participation may make you eligible for Australian Government incentives. Head here for more info, and to submit a job vacancy.
Commercial job sites
Apprenticeships and traineeships can be advertised through online job sites and social media platforms, just like regular employment opportunities. Make sure to include a clear job title, the required year level, and whether the vacancy is an apprenticeship or traineeship, alongside the regular job description.
Group Training Organisations
Acting as a host employer for a Group Training Organisation (GTO) is an alternative way to access the apprentice and trainee talent pool without hiring directly. As a host employer, you’re not tied to a contract, all government paperwork is covered by your GTO, and you can employ an apprentice or trainee for the length of time that works for you. Find out more about GTOs here, and benefits here.