Explore your training options
To make sure you and your employees get the right type of skills and training, find out about the range of options on offer.
Check out our information on:
Apprenticeships and traineeships
Investing in training through an apprenticeship or traineeships can deliver real benefits in your business. They are formal training arrangements between an employer and an employee and can lead to your employee obtaining a nationally recognised qualification.
Want to know more?
- Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website to find out what’s involved and what types of employer incentives the government offers to help you take on an apprentice or trainee.
- Read about how you can employ an apprentice or trainee (or offer an apprenticeship or traineeship to one of your existing employees).
Courses and qualifications
There are many formal courses and qualifications that can help you or your employees develop the skills you need in your business.
Before you enrol in a course, make sure it’s being delivered by a registered training organisation (RTO). RTOs must meet nationally recognised standards of quality and deliver nationally recognised training. There are around 5,000 RTOs in Australia, all offering different types of training.
You can search the MySkills website for:
- tools to help you compare courses and training providers - so you can ensure you're sending your employees on the course most suited to your needs
- nationally recognised training courses specific to your industry, in your state or territory
- a VET FEE-HELP calculator - to help you and your employee(s) understand loan obligations if you're using financial assistance for the training career pathways information
- information on student outcomes for the most popular courses - to see how courses can relate to occupations in a career stream
- registered training organisations or training providers in a location near you.
Your relevant Industry Reference Committee, supported by their Skills Service Organisation, can also help you work out the most appropriate courses and qualifications for your industry.
Training workshops and events
There are many free and low cost workshops, events and seminars provided by all levels of government, including local councils. Search our Events for one near you.
Mentoring can be an effective way to develop your skills and your employees' skills at little or no cost.
Mentoring can be performed informally between two co-workers with different levels of experience. It's a great way to support productive relationships in the workplace and to encourage your more experienced employees to develop supervisor skills.
You can also use mentoring to learn new skills from successful business people. You can find a mentor yourself through your networks, or use mentoring services for business. You can also search our Grants and Assistance for government funded mentoring programmes in your area.
On the job training
On the job training is any training that takes place in your workplace. It can include training from a supervisor or another employee. You can use existing workplace skills and knowledge to educate your employees on different areas of your business.
Find free and low cost online courses and programmes:
- The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)'s Small business education program can help you learn about your rights and obligations as a business owner under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
- The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Online Learning Centre is an online courses for employers to learn skills and strategies for taking on employees.
- The Virtual Advisor Programme offers free training to indigenous businesses that want to set up an online business, or improve their skills in making the most out of the internet for their business.
- The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offers a number of small business webinars on different business tax topics.
- The Queensland Government offers business webinars on various business topics.
- Be MoneySmart is a free online course run by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) helps students to develop money management skills.