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Start a Trade through an Apprenticeship

Entering a trade apprenticeship is an exciting career pathway choice with the opportunity to build your skills and earn great money! You can start work and get paid in your chosen field immediately – you don’t have to wait to get qualified.

If you want a satisfying, secure career, in an industry of your choice – and with the chance to make some serious money to get what you want sooner – we are ready to help.

Smart Apprenticeship Solutions have been around since 1984 and have trained and placed more than 30,000 young people in the workforce. Our friendly, experienced staff can help you to make the right choices – even while you are still at school, through our school-based apprenticeships.

Who we are

Smart Apprenticeship Solutions is a not-for-profit, registered charity that has been successfully managing the careers of South East Queensland apprentices for over 40 years.  We have helped over 20,000 apprentices and trainees to get into their chosen careers.

We provide the training and on-the-job skills for you to get a nationally recognised qualification, setting you up with a career for life.

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What We Do

We employ you and place you with Host Employers who are qualified tradespeople to get you on the job training and experience.  This means if something happens to your Host Employer, you are still an apprentice, still have a job and we find you a new Host Employer.

The Host Employers are carefully selected to make sure they are suitable for an apprentice; they must be:

  • Safe
  • Have registered, experienced tradespeople for you to work with and learn from
  • Have the ability and intention to provide you with on-going training, ideally for the length of your apprenticeship

How it Works

We assign you a dedicated Employment Officer to report to.  Your Employment Officer will:

  • Set you up with tools and PPE
  • Manage your bookings with the training organisation
  • Keep in regular contact with you
  • Monitor your progress

Smart Apprenticeship Solutions is your employer and pays your wages.  You report daily on-site to your Host Employer and your Host Employer trains you with on-the-job experience.

Smart Apprenticeship Solutions is a not-for-profit, registered Charity.  Our mission is to provide training and education opportunities for young people through apprenticeships and traineeships.

Career Opportunities

What happens in an apprenticeship

In an apprenticeship, you are paid to learn and to become a qualified trades person, setting you up with a career for life.  You work and learn from a qualified and experienced tradie and do a training course to build on your on-the-job training.

To sign up and do an apprenticeship, you will:

  • Sign a Training Agreement that can be 3 or 4 years long, depending on the trade.
  • Complete a training course that requires working through content booklets, or at a training college 1 day a week or in blocks of weeks over the first 3 years.

We also do school-based apprenticeships which usually entails 1 day per week getting paid to learn on the job. This becomes part of your school curriculum – so you can get a head start on your career while still at school!

How it Works

We work with you to help you choose the right career and trade.

We employ you and pay you an attractive, industry approved wage.

You start your career with one of our reputable Host Employers on our payroll.

To ensure you get the best range of training, you will probably work under several different Host Employers through out your Apprenticeship.

You gain you a nationally recognised qualification earned through doing the training and learning on-the-job skills.

Start or Complete an Apprenticeship/Traineeship with Us!

Fill out an application or enquire with us below to find out more.

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