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Traineeship Opportunities

Important changes coming to wage and training subsidies for apprentices and trainees

From 1 July 2022, eligible employers and Group Training Organisations that hire a new or recommencing Australian Apprentice/Trainee undertaking a qualification at either Certificate III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level in a Priority Occupation listed on the Australian Apprenticeship Priority List can apply for a wage subsidy of 10 per cent of wages for first and second year apprentices / trainees (up to $1,500 per quarter) and 5 per cent of wages for third year apprentices / trainees (up to $750 per quarter).

Apprentices /Trainees in priority occupations may be eligible for a direct Australian Apprentice Training Support payment of up to $5,000 over two years, while employers of apprentices / trainees in non-priority occupations may be eligible for a $3,500 hiring incentive.

Completion payments paid to employers of Apprentices / Trainees who complete their Apprenticeships / Traineeships may also total up to $2500.

Summary of assistance available under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programclick here to view the program summary

Australian Apprenticeship Priority Listclick here view the priority list

Need more information?
Please use the contact details provided on this page or click here to search for an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASNs) provider in your region

Who to contact

Services available to you

MAS National is a not-for-profit organisation supporting employment, development and growth for individuals, employers, and communities across Australia providing a free service to businesses.

In the following video, Kara Prichard speaks to our webinar attendees about the free service that they provide and how they can support your business.

Contact your state contact below to lean more and check your eligibility


Leeann Rayner
AASN State Manager
1300 627 628
0404 184 100


Kim Taylor
AASN State Manager
1300 627 628
0408 850 095


Kara Prichard
AASN State Manager
1300 627 628
0437 463 753


Juliet Stewart
AASN State Manager
0403 354 866


Benjamin Hokin
Business NSW
0436 929 127


Robert Aquilina
Team Leader Key Accounts and Business development
(08) 9365 7403
0435 144 618


Sarina Russo Group
1300 178 776


Top End Group Training Pty Ltd (trading as GTNT Group)
(08) 8980 0600


RTO stands for Registered Training Organisation which are education providers of nationally-recognised courses and qualifications. RTOs can include technical colleges, private institutions, industry organisations and individual businesses.

The RTO will conduct the relevant training and assessments with the trainee and provide the certificate of qualification once successfully completed.

Apprenticeship Network Providers offer a free service to industry, employers, apprentices and trainees to assist them with the sign-up, administration and management of apprenticeships and traineeships.

Casual – no, they must be moved to a part-time or full-time employee to undertake a traineeship

Part-time – yes, a part-time employee must work a minimum of 13 hours to be eligible to undertake a traineeship

Full-time – yes, a full-time employee can undertake a traineeship

Learn More About the Traineeship Opportunity

The following videos have been provided to give you an overview of traineeships and the wage subsidy scheme.

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a great way to upskill your current or new employees with practical workplace experience while at the same time they obtain an Australian qualification. Watch the following video to learn more about traineeships and its difference to an apprenticeship.

Example Cashflow: How the funds are distributed

The following video provides an example of the cashflow of how the funds are distributed by the government for the traineeship funds.

How to sign up for the incentive

There are four parties involved in the funding process. Watch this quick video to find out who they are and what their requirements are for the traineeship funds.

How to find out about government funding

The following video is a snippet from our webinar Finding, funding, engaging and retaining employees where Kara Prichard informed us about how to find out about various government funding available to employers for upskilling their employees.