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)

Contact Add Staff about employing an apprentice


Government grants and incentives

Depending on your individual criteria, location and eligibility, you could be entitled to a range of grants or subsidies.

Incentives currently available to Queensland employers of apprentices include:

  • Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy: Up to $37,000 for rural and regional employers
  • Youth Boost: Payment of $20,000 for eligible employers
  • Federal Government COVID-19 subsidy: Up to $21,000 or 50 per cent of an apprentice or trainee’s wage for nine months to maintain employment
  • 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

If you don’t have the time to manage the recruitment process yourself or if you’d like some support with the process, contact Add Staff on 1300 365 606  or click the link below.

Contact Add Staff about employing an apprentice


Contact MEA

Whether you’re starting your electrical contracting business, planning to take it to the next level or growing your team, MEA can help guide your business journey.

When you become a Master Electrician, our team is just a phone call away for workplace relations, technical and safety advice when you need it. Plus you’ll gain access to tools to improve your business performance and exclusive savings. Contact our team on 1300 889 198 for further information.

Become a Master Electrician

MEA also supports Master Electricians Mentoring ­– an electrical apprentice recruitment and mentoring joint initiative with Add Staff.

The initiative includes innovative processes and a tailored electronic management system that supports the smooth delivery of a superior apprentice management program. Learn more

Need Workplace Relations Advice?

As a Master Electrician, receive unlimited Workplace Relations support when you need it.

For further information contact the Workplace Relations Team on 1300 889 198


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