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Hiring an apprentice can be a highly rewarding experience for you, your business, your staff and, of course, the apprentice. But, if you haven’t hired an apprentice before, the process can seem daunting. It doesn’t have to be. TLA have all the information and contacts you need to get an apprenticeship off the ground, from finding an apprentice through to supporting the apprenticeship process to completion.


What is the definition of an apprentice?

An apprentice is anyone who combines work and study to obtain a trade qualification in their industry. Apprenticeships usually take between 1 and 4 years to complete (4 years for landscaping apprentices) and are open to anyone who is old enough to work. There is no requirement for apprentices to have completed a secondary school certificate or any other qualification. Apprentices must have a formal training contract with the relevant state or territory apprenticeship authority and regularly undertake training through a Registered Training Organisation.

In NSW the relevant training authority is:
Training Services NSW – NSW Department of Industry
Ph: 13 28 11

In the ACT the relevant training authority is:
Skills Canberra – ACT Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Ph: 02 6205 8555

You can hire an apprentice full time, part time or while they are still at school.


What does it cost to hire an apprentice?

Apprentices are often paid at special reduced rates while they are completing their qualification but their hours for pay include the hours spent at your business as well as the time spent in formal training/trade school.

The pay rate for apprentices is determined by the degree to which they have completed their qualification, increasing slowly as they become more valuable to your business. To see the rates of pay for apprentices, you should consult the relevant award for your business.

View the awards:

For all other awards visit the Australian Fair Work Ombudsman website.

The NSW Government also offers incentives to many businesses who take on an apprentice. This is especially true for businesses in areas of skills shortage, such as the Landscaping Industry. These incentives are subject to a number of eligibility criteria, waiting periods and time limits so the best way to find out if your business qualifies is to contact The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. For contact details see ‘Further Information’ below.


How do I find an apprentice?

TLA fields many enquiries from would-be apprentices. Through our representation at careers expos, our links to TAFE Institutions, our active presence at landscaping and other expos, as well as our prominent website, we are often the first place individuals turn to in finding an apprenticeship position.

TLA can connect you with individuals looking to start their landscaping careers in your area. We also provide a positions vacant service for Members where you can advertise your apprenticeship position free of charge.

Place a Position Vacant Listing

If you would like to know more about individuals who have expressed an interest in beginning an apprenticeship please email the TLA Team or call 02 9630 4844. You can also view any resumes we have on file on our website.

View Resumes on File

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) is also able to assist with recruiting apprentices. To learn more about the Apprenticeship Network, see below.


Apprenticeship entitlements and working conditions

All employees, including apprentices, receive the same legal protections and workplace entitlements under the National Employment Standards (NES). These Standards address: maximum weekly hours, requests for flexible working arrangements, parental leave, annual leave, personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave, community service leave, long service leave, public holidays, as well as notice of termination and redundancy pay. To learn more about the NES visit this link:

Read the National Employment Standards

To read more specifically about Apprentice Entitlements go to:

Apprentice Entitlements


Further Information

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network is an Australian Government initiative designed to assist both apprentices and employers with the apprenticeship process. They are able to assist with recruitment, training and retraining of apprentices. They can assist employers with:

  • Finding an apprentice or registered training organisation
  • Providing a training contract for you and your apprentice to sign
  • Assessing your eligibility for incentives
  • Helping you to work out the timing and locations of off-the-job training
  • Providing advice and support throughout the apprenticeship.


To find your local Apprenticeship Network or to access these services visit their website.

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network is free of charge.


The Australian Government Fair Work Ombudsman has also produced a handy, 8-page Guide to Taking on an Apprentice. This document outlines the steps you need to take to get your apprenticeship underway.

Guide to Taking on an Apprentice


You can also visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website at this link.

There are companies that specialise in matching trade companies with apprentices. For further details, please Contact us.

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