Advancing Apprenticeships

Employ an apprentice today!

In partnership with the Queensland Government and Add Staff, Master Electricians Australia (MEA) is proud to support the Advancing Apprenticeships program.

Advantages of employing an apprentice

Apprentices combine on-the-job experience with structured off-the-job training providing you with an opportunity to train your employees to grow with your business’ needs and culture.

Apprentices bring an enthusiasm to learn and a fresh perspective to the workplace. There are numerous benefits to investing in an apprentice, including:

  • WorkCover QLD Premium Discounts
  • State and Federal Government Incentives
  • An investment in the future of your business, and the industry
  • On-the-job training (upskill your apprentice to suit your service needs)

Government grants and incentives

Depending on your individual criteria, location and eligibility, you could be entitled to over $37,000*

Here are some incentives currently available to Queensland employers of apprentices:

  • Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy: Up to $37,000 for rural and regional employers
  • Youth Boost: Payment of $20,000 for eligible employers
  • Financial support for employers of adult apprentices 21 years and above
  • Commencement and completion incentives: $4,000 in staggered payments
    • Under National Skills Shortage Needs List: Additional incentives for HVAC&R
      businesses and apprentices
  • College fees subsidised for apprentices under 21 years

Contact Add Staff to learn more or to employ an apprentice

Get in touch

If you do not have the time to undertake recruitment activities or would like some support with the process, please contact Add Staff on 1300 365 606 or email

MEA provides a range of services to support electrical contractors including unlimited calls to the Technical, Safety and Workplace Relations hotline. Call 1300 889 198 for further information.


Advancing Apprenticeships is an initiative from the Queensland State Government, supporting the state’s commitment to create jobs and build a strong economy.

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