Licencing standards and requirements can centre on business operations, performance of certain tasks for example the 'Responsible Service of Alcohol', or the provision of a product or service like plumbing.
When apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications are developed industry representatives consider the licencing requirements relevant to occupations and to business needs.
Apprenticeships and traineeships, particularly in the area of the 'traditional trades', are often strongly connected to professional standards and licencing of occupations. In some cases there may be additional steps to achieve full recognition.
There are instances where apprenticeships and traineeships are generally accepted as the best measure of the skills required to work in an occupation or industry, without there being a formal requirement to gain a licence.
It is a good idea to check with the relevant industry association or government agency to verify licensing needs, which may vary from state to state. The Licence Recognition site provides links to a range of relevant websites in states and territories.
The Australian, state and territory governments may provide incentives for employing apprentices and trainees. These can vary according to the skill level of the apprenticeship qualification and other factors such as location, skills shortage occupations and age.
Some government incentives are designed to encourage the employment of disadvantaged groups. These can include long term unemployed, people with disabilities, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, retrenched workers and others. These incentives recognise the additional difficulties people in these groups have in gaining employment, while also acting to encourage employers to consider a broad range of job applicants.
Not all apprenticeships are for new entrants and so there may be incentives that apply to upskilling the existing workforce.
There may also be incentives for apprentices and trainees, such as living away from home and trade support loans.
Incentives change regularly and there are eligibility criteria, so it is essential to discuss current incentives with an Apprenticeship Network provider.