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Traineeship Opportunities

Up to $32,000* now available from the Federal Government to hire and train eligible employees.

*Includes $28,000 wage subsidy and $4,000 training costs

The Australian Government has announced some changes and an extension to the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy. To learn more and about grants for upskilling staff please visit our information page.

Your business may be eligible if:

  • You hire a new employee as an apprentice or trainee between October 5th 2020 until June 30th 2022, and
  • The new employee undertakes a Certificate II or higher qualification and has a training contract that is formally approved by the state training authority.

How much is available?

  • Eligible employers will receive a wage subsidy of up to 50 per cent of the employee’s gross wage paid. Potentially $32,000 inclusive of commencement and completion incentives if the trainee completes the qualification.
  • The wage subsidy is available for a maximum of $7,000 per quarter, per eligible Australian Apprentice, for wages paid in the 12-month period from date of commencement or recommencement.
  • Available to employers of any size, industry or geographic location.
  • Payments will be made quarterly in arrears, with first claims for the subsidy available from 1 January 2021.

Learn More About the Traineeship Opportunity

What is a traineeship?

Example Cashflow: How the funds are distributed

How to sign up for the incentive

How does Small Business Australia help?


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

The federal government has extended and uncapped the availability of the funds until 30th June 2022.

Trainees need to be signed into a training contract by this time but don’t leave it too late as the Apprenticeship Providers who are responsible for signing the trainees into these training contracts get very busy towards the end of these programs.

Who to contact

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 Pritchard
AASN State Manager
1300 627 628
0437 463 753


Juliet Stewart
AASN State Manager
0403 354 866


Fiona Gillic
Account Manager
0477 366 839


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