How To Hire An Apprentice Or Trainee For Your Business | Sarina Russo

How To Hire an Apprentice or Trainee

Thinking of hiring an apprentice for your business? We’ll walk you through how an apprenticeship works, as well as the financial incentives and support your business may be eligible for.

Ready to find out how it all works? We’re here to help!


Why hiring an apprentice is a smart move for your business


Not only are there a number of government-funded incentives for hiring an apprentice, there are ongoing benefits both you and your trainee can enjoy.

  • No cost recruitment services – as an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships connects employers with suitable apprentices and support at zero cost to you.
  • Tap into new talent – when you hire an apprentice, you have the opportunity to train them in the skills that suit your organisation and industry demands.
  • Boost employee retention rates – research shows that apprentices and trainees stay in the same occupation boosting retention rates in business and within industries,
  • Boost workplace productivity – apprenticeships and traineeships have training and development at their core. Sharing knowledge within your organisation ensures you can retain that expertise within your business and tailor training outcomes to the needs of your business.
  • Access wage subsidies – offset the cost of training and supervision your apprentices or trainee by accessing government-funded wage subsidies and other financial incentives available for employers.
  • Access workplace support – there are a range of support services available to help you and your apprentice successfully complete the apprenticeship or traineeship.

As one of Australia’s largest Apprenticeships Support Network (AASN) providers, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships has the dedicated tools, resources and funding to help employers in QLD, NSW, VIC and ACT find, hire and retain the right apprentices and trainees for your business.

For further guidance and advice on how to hire an apprentice, contact the team at Sarina Russo Apprenticeships.


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Speak to a consultant

If you have a role that needs filling, and you’d like to chat, you can request to have one of our friendly and understanding consultants call you back at a time that suits you.

As an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider, we understand the apprentice hiring process and can guide you from start to finish.

Let us take you through how to hire an apprentice or trainee, and the support available to your business.

Getting started

Once you’ve made the decision to hire an apprentice or trainee for your business, the next step is to find a suitable candidate to sign up.


Fantastic! If you’ve already found a suitable apprentice or trainee for your business, we can help guide you through the process of signing them up. We can ensure all the correct documentation has been completed, and let you know what incentives or support may be available for your business and your trainee.


Not sure where to find a suitable candidate? You can lodge a vacancy on our online jobs board.

We have many aspiring apprentices and trainees actively looking for employment opportunities on our jobs board, so you’re bound to find the right person for your organisation. Once you do, we can help you through the sign-up process.


A Group Training Organisation (GTO) is a great option if you don’t have the time or resources to directly recruit and manage an apprentice or trainee.

In this scenario, the GTO employs the apprentices and trainees, placing them with different host organisations to undergo their hands-on training. The GTO handles the wages, quality and continuity of the training and any other responsibilities required.

No matter how you decide to hire an apprentice or trainee, all of these services – including use of our jobs board - are available at no cost to you!

Select your training provider

As an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider (AASN), Sarina Russo Apprenticeships can help you find the right Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for the qualification your apprentice will complete.     

Your RTO helps you develop a suitable training plan to ensure the apprenticeship chosen is the right fit for your business, your apprentice, and the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Apprentice hire incentives and eligibility

When you hire an apprentice or trainee, you may both be eligible for a range of government-funded incentives to help with the costs of training.

We can assess your situation, advise on your eligibility for available incentives, and pay any claims you qualify for across the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship.


New apprentice induction

Once your apprentice or trainee is ready to start and the training contract is ready to sign off, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships deliver an induction session to take you and your new trainee through the process.

The training contract needs to be signed by:

  • you, as the employer
  • your apprentice, and their legal guardian if they are under 18 years of age
  • a Sarina Russo Apprenticeships representative

Once the training contract is completed and signed we send it to the relevant State Training Authority for their approval and registration.

Mentoring and support

Throughout the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship, we provide ongoing mentoring and support to both you and your trainee or apprentice.

We keep in touch to make sure everything is on track and progressing in accordance with your training plan, providing any support you may need along the way.

If issues arise between our contact, please call us on 1300 178 766 or submit an enquiry here* and one of our mentoring team will be in contact with you.


Managing your apprenticeship registration

When you choose Sarina Russo Apprenticeships as your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider (AASN), you gain access to our Employer Portal* which makes it quick and easy to:

  • manage the status of your apprentice’s registration
  • run various reports on incentive claims received and their due date
  • access information and reporting functions for apprentices you’ve employed

Email or call our team on 1300 178 766 for more information and access to our Employer Portal.

Completion of the apprenticeship or traineeship

A full time apprenticeship will usually take 3-4 years to complete, while a full time traineeship is generally completed in 1-2 years.

On completion of their training, your apprentice or trainee will have a nationally recognised qualification in their field.

Got questions? Contact us to find out how to hire an apprentice or trainee.

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Speak to a consultant

If you have a role that needs filling, and you’d like to chat, you can request to have one of our friendly and understanding consultants call you back at a time that suits you.

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