Employing Trainees in the Workplace


Why employ a trainee with your business?

Trainees and apprentices will be trained to meet the specific needs of your business while also gaining a nationally recognised qualification. It will increase your ability to reduce staff turnover and ensure succession planning is in place. Employing young trainees in the business promotes loyalty and investment in your staff from day one.

What is a GTO?

A GTO stands for Group Training Organisation. It is a corporation established to provide training and employment opportunities. A GTO is the legal employer of a trainee or apprentices and will place them with host employers. They will select and recruit the trainee or apprentice, pay their wages, allowances, superannuation, workers compensation, sick/holiday leave and all other employment benefits. They manage the quality of training both on and off the job and provide care and support to the trainee or apprentice needs to complete their training.

How using a GTO can be beneficial to your business:

The first Group Training Organisations (GTO) were established in the 1980s to support the retention and completion of trade apprentices. Fast forward to now and many GTOs are in operation, servicing specific industries or operating as generalists.  

TABMA Apprentices and Trainees provides services to the hardware, building materials and timber industries, with a dedicated team of field officers, recruiters and admin support. You can take comfort in knowing the team is here to guide you from day one. 

Understanding how apprenticeships and traineeships work can be complicated for businesses to navigate, especially small to medium size companies.

Partnering with TABMA’s GTO means it will take care of all the recruitment and paperwork, liaise with the training authorities, organise the training contract sign-up, ensure the employee is registered into the correct qualification. We also take care of weekly payroll processing, keeping up to date with award changes and assisting with the onboarding and monitoring.

Working with TABMA means you don’t have to deal with the challenges of paperwork, understanding pay rates and anniversary dates, and onboarding young people.

By taking on a trainee or apprentice you are addressing the skills shortages by thinking long term. While it does require patience and training, trainees and apprentices can be valuable members of your team.

TABMA’s GTO staff continue to participate in workshops regarding youth employment, diversity, and career expos at schools and community events, participating in programs to address skills shortages and awareness of VET pathways for young people. 

If you would like to find out more information about employing trainees or apprentices or upskilling existing staff, please contact Alicia eo@hardwareaustralia.com.au and she will be able to put you in touch with the right person.


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