Hiring a trainee is a smart investment for your business. Cultivating a knowledgeable and skilled workforce can give your organisation a competitive edge.

What is a Traineeship?

What are the benefits of a traineeship for employers?

Having staff trained your way from the start can increase your business’s efficiency and productivity. You can:

  • Develop a workforce the business needs by attracting and recruiting staff for your current or future skill requirements.
  • Mentor and develop loyal and motivated staff.
  • Train future staff and supervisors, often in a short space of time.
  • Increase productivity and staff retention.


Here is a snapshot of what businesses may be eligible for:

  • Financial support is available for eligible employers.*
  • Payroll tax rebates.*
  • Extra incentives for hiring, training and supporting individuals with disability.

We do recommend you visit the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives website for further eligibility information.

*Eligibility criteria apply. Benefits and services are subject to change at any time without notice. Contact ET Australia for further information.

Are there costs involved?

Government funding is available for your business to hire trainees.

Why should I invest in a trainee?

  • Trainees bring a fresh perspective into your business, this can be a key factor in the promotion of innovation and new ideas that may ultimately assist your bottom line.
  • Trainees can complete tasks other staff members can’t get to which is ideal for a new or growing business.
  • Hiring a trainee helps to spread the word about your company.
  • Hiring trainees and skilling them from the ground up can assist in succession planning to help ensure the long term success of your business.
  • Increase staff retention – trainees become loyal to employers who give them a start.

Traineeship costs

  • Traineeship training is fee-free for new entrant trainees who are registered trainees.
  • This training is offered under Smart and Skilled. Trainees may be eligible for fee-free traineeship training.
  • Existing worker trainees are not subsidised under Smart and Skilled.
  • With the NSW Government’s fee-free traineeship initiative, there has never been a better time to consider taking on a trainee.

Ready to talk about Traineeships?

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