Industry update – free apprenticeships and traineeships for under 21s in QLD

7 August, 2019

Are you a jobseeker or business owner in Queensland? We have great news!

The Queensland Government has just announced a new subsidised training initiative, which will offer free apprenticeships and traineeships in Queensland to anyone under the age of 21 across 139 priority qualifications.

The initiative will take away the cost of training from employers and aims to help an estimated 60,000 young people into a trade.


  • Who is eligible?

    To be eligible for free Australian Apprenticeships within Queensland you must be an employer signing-up an apprentice or trainee under the following criteria, or a jobseeker who meets the following criteria:

    • under the age of 21
    • employed as an apprentice or trainee under a Training Contract on or after 1 July 2019
    • enrolled in one of the 139 priority qualifications
  • What qualifications are available?

    The fully subsided training will be offered across 139 apprenticeship and traineeships qualifications in industries showing a high demand for works including:

    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Engineering
    • Healthcare
    • Beauty and hairdressing
    • Automotive
    • Early childhood education
    • And many more!

    To browse the full list of qualifications are available, visit here.

  • What does this mean for you?

    If you’re an employer looking to grow your business with a new apprentice or trainee, it could not be a better time! The investment in free apprenticeships aims to support your business growth by taking away the cost of training from employers.

    If you’re a job-seeker under 21 this is great news for you too! With 139 different apprenticeships and traineeships eligible for free training, now is the time to kickstart your career. Visit MEGT job board to browse available apprenticeships and traineeships near you.


Want to get started? Contact us today – whether you’re an employer in QLD looking to sign-up a new apprentice or a job seeker looking to get started, your local apprenticeship experts are here to help.