Investing in Apprentices

Employing apprentices is a smart move: you can train them so you get to develop exactly the skills and knowledge you want them to have. And in between their on-the-job training with you, they attend off-the-job training at BHI, where they learn from qualified trainers who are also industry specialists.


Apprenticeships across 500 occupations

With apprenticeships available for more than 500 occupations, there’s probably one that’s right for your business needs.

And if you’re not sure that an apprenticeship arrangement is right for your business, you might find that group training is more suitable.


Why should I employ an apprentice?

  • You can get a range of financial incentives available for eligible employers
  • You’ll be training future employees who understand your business
  • You can select from full-time, part-time or school-based training arrangements
  • You can negotiate the timing, location, and nature of your apprentices’ off-the-job training
  • Your apprentices will develop the skills and hold the qualifications you need them to have.



How Apprenticeship agreements work

When you employ an apprentice, you and your apprentice need to sign a contract that specifies particular details about the apprenticeship such as the duration of employment, the learning outcomes, and employment conditions. For example, an Australian Workplace Agreement or Certified Agreement or State equivalent.

To find out what’s involved in entering a training contract and your obligations as an employer of apprentices visit


Flexible arrangements

There are a ways you can arrange the apprenticeship according to your needs and the apprentice’s need. For example, you can:

  • vary the mix of training and working time (providing certain conditions are met)
  • employ an apprentice part-time
  • specify other terms and conditions that are appropriate to your business needs.


Wages and other entitlements

An apprentice is usually paid a training wage or an apprentice wage according to an award that recognises that the employee is in training. The actual wage depends upon several criteria, such as the type of apprenticeship, the apprentice’s education level, and how far they are into the apprenticeship.

You will also have other employer obligations (e.g. superannuation, workers’ compensation, paid leave), just as you do for other employees.


For information about wages and conditions


Before you commit to employing an apprentice

To find out what’s involved in entering a training contract and your obligations as an employer of apprentices visit


Finding a suitable apprentice

To find an apprentice:


What is group training?

Group training is a cost-efficient alternative if you are a small or medium-sized business that:

  • cannot offer an apprentice a permanent position, or
  • does not undertake the range of work that would ensure that the apprentice develops all of the required skills, or
  • does not have the time to undertake all the required employment and training functions.

Instead of employing the apprentice yourself, you become a host employer with a group training company. The group training company employs many apprentices and, by rotating them between host employers, ensures that they receive a broad range of training experiences.

As the apprentices’ primary employer, the group training company is responsible for:

  • selecting and employing the apprentices
  • managing each apprentice’s training
  • all administration connected with employment benefits, including wages, allowances, superannuation, workers compensation, and leave.

Group training companies operate across Australia, servicing one or multiple industries or regions.

If you would more information about group training in your area, contact:


For further information


If you are interested in employing an apprentice and would like more information, contact BHI Workforce Development and we’ll contact you shortly.


If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, visit the Apprenticeship/Traineeship page for more information.