Finding suitable candidates
Apprentices and trainees can be found in the same way as any other new employee, but there are some extra options that may be worth considering.
Schools can be a good source of suitable candidates, with some potential for students to be already undertaking some vocational training. Schools often have a “VET Coordinator” who may be a good contact point. Starting off by offering work experience to school students can be a useful approach.
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships are a good option in some industries. This is where the student commences working in an apprenticeship or traineeship on a part-time basis while still completing their schooling. Once school is finished the Australain Apprenticeship can be carried on full-time if required.
Many people undertake pre-apprenticeship training in the hope of securing an apprenticeship when they finish. TAFEs, Group Training and some private RTOs may offer this training, although this varies in each state and territory. Employers can get involved in a range of ways, such as by providing work placements or mock interviews. For employers this involvement can be a way of screening candidates.
The Pre-Apprenticeship Finder on this site provides links to current pre-apprenticeships, although it is also worth contacting local providers directly.
Other agencies focused on helping place people in Australian Apprenticeships include Apprenticeship Network providers and Group Training Organisations (searchable here).
Some state and territory governments maintain ‘out of trade’ registers for apprentices or trainees who have not completed their qualification. Often these are employees who have been retrenched by their previous employer due to a lack of work.
Some businesses employ apprentices and trainees from their current workforce. They may do this to generally upskill, or to reward a worker for their performance. Employers should be aware that employing an existing employee as an apprentice will affect pay rates and incentives.