Our modern facilities and infrastructure are designed to support your apprenticeship training. We have enduring relationships with industry sectors and employer groups to get you ahead.

Over 100 years as a leading trainer in industry

Melbourne Polytechnic is the leading provider of apprentice/trainee training in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and has a dependable reputation for quality training and flexible delivery.

Melbourne Polytechnic can offer the training in the following ways:

  • on and off-the-job training and assessment
  • structured class room delivery
  • a blend of the above
  • block release
  • day release

More for your business at Melbourne Polytechnic

Investing in your staff’s training can increase your business’ profitability and efficiency.

  • staff trained specifically to your business' needs
  • offered in a range of industries at Certificate level and above
  • choice of Registered Training Organisations who can provide off-the-job training
  • flexibility around timing, location and nature of the training
  • user choice funding
  • financial incentives for eligible employees
  • nationally accredited qualifications/competencies

Employers can obtain further information from the Australian Apprenticeships website by clicking here.

Frequently asked questions

Why should I employ an apprentice?

Employing an Australian Apprentice is a smart investment in the future of your business. Investing in training through an Australian Apprenticeship can provide your business with real benefits and contribute to your bottom line. A range of financial incentives may be available to you when you employ an eligible Australian Apprentice. The Government’s Australian Apprenticeships website is a useful resource

 + What does it cost to employ an apprentice or trainee?

Australian Apprentices are usually employed under a federal or state award or agreement. They are paid a wage which varies depending on the number of years of school they completed, which year of their training they are in, the type of Australian Apprenticeship they are doing and the industry or occupation.

Australian Apprentices are paid a wage which varies depending on a number of factors including which year of their training they are in, the type of Australian Apprenticeship they are doing and the industry or occupation

Australian Apprentices have the same rights to superannuation, worker’s compensation and other entitlements or requirements as all other workers in Australia.

There are government financial incentives for employers to assist in taking on an apprentice.

 + What government incentives are available?

The Government’s Apprenticeships and Traineeships Initiative  provides financial support to employers who take on an apprentice or trainee who completes their qualification. There are also incentives for employers who take on out-of-trade apprentices and trainees to keep them connected to the workforce and to maintain their investment in training.

The initiative also increases the national skills base through successful completion of apprenticeship and traineeship training at the Certificate III or IV level in skills shortage trades, or in selected Diploma or Advanced Diploma level qualifications.

Current listing of government incentives .

Out-of-trade apprentices and trainees are apprentices and trainees who could not complete their apprenticeships or traineeships due to being made redundant by their employers.

 + What support will apprentices and trainees receive?

Apprentices and trainees undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in a skills shortage occupation may continue to be eligible to receive personal benefits such as:

  • Apprenticeship wage top-up
  • Support for mid-career apprentices
  • Trade Apprentice Car Registration discount
  • Trade Support Loan

For more information visit Australian Apprenticeships

 + Eligibility for incentives is based on:
  • The type of employment – an employee must be employed full or part time and work a minimum of 13 hours per week (casuals are ineligible)
  • If your employee is new, employed less than 3 months full-time or 12 months part-time
  • If your employee is existing, employed more than 3 months full-time or 12 months part-time
  • Your employee’s age, prior qualifications, level of qualifications and year completed
  • If your employee is an Australian citizen or has permanent residency

Under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme, an Australian Apprentice undertaking a Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List may be eligible to attract the following employer incentives and personal benefits:

  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices
  • Trade Support Loans
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage Incentive

There are a number of Government incentives available, for further information on incentives visit Australian Apprenticeships

 + How do I sign up my apprentice?

Contact an approved AASN or search for a listing of apprenticeship centres in your location. For a full listing please click here.

Important Information

Qualifications at  Certificate III/IV level leading to an occupation in skills shortage are listed on the National Skills Needs List  Diploma and Advanced Diploma level qualifications listed on the Higher Technical Skills list are eligible.

Further Information

Contact Melbourne Polytechnic’s Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU)

  03 9269 8656


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