FAQ for Industry
What is the Apprentice Employment Network?
The Apprentice Employment Network is Queensland’s and the Northern Territory’s largest employer network of apprentices and trainees. The network comprises over 6000 apprentices and trainees, 28 Apprentice Employment Members, 400 skilled staff and over 10,000 host employers.
Apprentice Employment Network Members operate under an arrangement called “Group Training” where the Member employs apprentices and trainees under an Apprenticeship / Traineeship Training Contract and places them with host employers.
Under this arrangement, the Apprentice Employment Network Member is the legal employer and thus assumes the responsibility for the legal aspects of the employment contract as well as the training needs.
Some of the benefits of employing an apprentice/trainee through an Apprentice Employment Network Member are:
- Simplicity – the Apprentice Employment Network Member handles all aspects of the apprenticeship/traineeship
- Hassle free:
- The Apprentice Employment Network Member will handle the advertising and recruitment process to provide your business with the most suitable candidates;
- All of the government paperwork for the apprenticeship / traineeship is completed and submitted by the Apprentice Employment Network Member;
- You are not tied to any contract with the apprentice or trainee;
- You have the flexibility to employ an apprentice or trainee for the duration you need one;
- If your business is faced with a reduction in work, you can send the apprentice or trainee back to the Apprentice Employment network Member who will find them a placement with another host employer;
- The Apprentice Employment Network Member will organise and monitor the training for the apprentice / trainee;
- All insurances and workers compensation responsibilities are assumed by the Apprentice Employment Network Member;
- The required safety equipment is provided to the apprentice / trainee by the Apprentice Employment Network Member;
What are the costs?
The costs associated with employing an apprentice or trainee through an Apprentice Employment Network Member are no different to those of taking on an employee directly. The costs associated with the employment of an apprentice or trainee include:
- Wages (as per Industry awards)
- Annual leave and other entitlements as per the industry award
- Workers compensation
The costs are rolled into one hourly rate and invoiced to your business and is claimable as a Goods and Service on a business' BAS.
An Apprentice Employment Network Member will also provide valuable ongoing support to both the apprentice/trainee and to the host employer. This support includes:
- OH&S inductions / assistance / PPE.
- Ongoing mentor support to the apprentice/ trainee
- Arrange the off the job training to the apprentice/ trainee
- Flexibility of work arrangements
Visit the Fair Work Australia Website for more information.
Further information may be found at:
Australian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Information Service - lists Nation-wide and State Career Services available to Apprentices and Trainees.
Training Queensland - provides information on all aspects of Apprenticeships and Traineeships
For the Northern Territory use the Australian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Information Service