The Workplace Guides area provides information and links to resources and services that assist Employers, Apprentices and Trainees undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship.

There have been several reviews and reports on how to effectively recruit and retain Australian Apprentices.

Some common suggestions include:

  • Carefully find, select and recruit the right apprentice or trainee
  • Provide a safe working environment
  • Support on and off the job learning by being involved in developing and facilitating training
  • Select and regularly communicate with the training organisation
  • Provide timely supervision and support
  • Nominate a supervisor and perhaps a mentor or coach
  • Communicate and provide regular feedback

More nation-wide information can be found below.  State and Territory specific resources and information can be accessed in the menu items to the left.

  • Employing Apprentices

    Employing Apprentices - making apprenticeships work for your busienss is a new tool to improve the matching of apprentices to employers in order to bring about better apprentice completion rates.

    It was developed by Group Training Australia in conjunction with Ithaca Group and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

  • Supervising Your Apprentice

    Youtube video series about how to supervise your apprentice from NSW Department of Industry.

  • The Pathway to Employing an Australian Apprentice - Flowchart

    This chart outlines the step by step process of employing an Australian Apprentice as well as links to helpful websites.

  • Rural Apprentice Recruitment

    Rural Skills Australia has developed a new downloadable recruitment, induction and retention resource, which is available to assist employers of rural and related Australian Apprenticeships.

    It includes fact sheets, forms and templates to assist employers with the recruitment, selection and induction of Australian Apprentices.

  • It's Not About Age - ACCI Issues Paper

    The "It's Not About Age, Pathways For Engaging Mature Aged People And Existing Workers As Apprentices" issues paper continues the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (ACCI) research into the more effective harnessing of the skills and experience of mature age people and the retention of existing apprentices.

    This paper builds on ACCI's 2009 research paper, "Worth Their Weight In Gold" (see below).

  • Worth their weight in gold

    Practical strategies for engaging and retaining disengaged apprentices - ACCI report, 2009

  • OzHelp Foundation

    The OzHelp Foundation is a not for profit, community based mental health support organisation with a focus on suicide prevention in industry workplaces. This is done through early intervention training and assistance that instils social capabilities and life skills in people.

    Contact 1300 OzHelp (1300 694 357), or email:

  • Trade Licence Recognition - for those working in Australia

    Contact details for licensing and other authorities by trade and state or territory.