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What to be Aware of when Hiring an Apprentice

Hiring an apprentice can help any business owner meet their objectives, the demands of their business, as well as increase production. When considering hiring an apprentice it is a good idea to be aware of what is involved before you begin the hiring process.

To outline, an apprenticeship in Australia is employment-based and covers hundreds of professions across approx. 50 industries. Employment can be either full-time or part-time, but it must offer permanent positions like for most other staff.

There are several skilled professions that take years to learn and an apprenticeship is a perfect way where someone can master in the profession of their choice like electricians, carpenters, chefs, plumbers, maintenance fitters, motor mechanics, etc. However, traineeships are for a shorter duration and operate in certain professions. This is also a great opportunity for you to train and educate someone in the way you prefer to do your business.

An employer is required to provide the practical experience that someone gains through their apprenticeship. This entails a very active approach and keen attention to an apprentice’s progress during the entire training process. Often the apprentice or trainee will need to be given additional support to complete their training – and this should be taken into account.

A Fresh Perspective

Hiring an apprentice or trainee can bring a new perspective into your workplace. This also provides a huge and positive opportunity for current staff members to impart their knowledge, ideas, and techniques while ensuring their valuable knowledge learned can be passed to the future generations.

What to Think about When Hiring an Apprentice

There are more than 250,000 apprentices and trainees that are currently under training period, but apprenticeships are not necessarily a suitable solution for all occupations. The decision to use this approach requires commitment from the owner to induct, train, and supervise their new trainees or apprentices.

When employers plan to train an apprentice, they should consider whether they have the resources, and time and energy to put into administering this approach, including the skills development of each individual.


Wages of an apprentice can be less than skilled employees, which is a definite benefit for most employers. The wages basically reflect the fact that the apprentice or trainee is in the learning stage is likely to be inexperienced and not as efficient – yet, and they will spend a large majority of their time in training. Though they will have additional external support from Smart Employment Solutions if you decide to hire an apprentice through us.

Smart Employment Solutions provides support to employers, apprentices, as well as trainees from beginning to end. If you would like to find out more or need some assistance to work out what is right for you, please get in touch with the team at Smart Employment Solutions today!


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