Queensland is the second largest state in Australia and is home to ten of the biggest cities in Australia. It is well-known for being a hub for employment and land of opportunities, particularly mature age apprenticeships QLD.

Queensland government values mature aged apprentices very highly and depend on them as a major source of labour. On the Queensland government website they state that

Queensland Government values older workers and recognises they can adapt to changes in the workplace, learn new skills – including IT – and are reliable employees.  There are still outdated myths about mature-age workers.  You can help bust those myths and join Queensland Government.

One of the most popular mature age apprenticeships QLD is in the mining industry, as Queensland’s economy has experienced a massive boom in the industry over the past two decades. This is largely thanks to the Australian Governments investments and ongoing efforts to grow the Australian economy, which has led to consistent annual growth. If you would like to find out more about the mining industry go to the mining apprenticeships page.
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Another of mature age apprenticeships QLD is Engineering, which one of the best paid apprenticeships available to apprentices, and often leads to a successful and interesting career.

Qualifications required in QLD

In order to obtain a mature aged apprenticeship in Queensland the minimum qualification you need is a year 10 pass in both Mathematics and English. Previous relevant work experience is a big plus, similarly obtaining a pre-vocational course at TAFE.

Getting your previous work experience recognised

If you have worked for at least six years in the trade you are applying for, and if those six years of work experience were completed after you were 21 years old you may be able to become a qualified tradesman without the need for an apprenticeship. If, however, you have relevant work experience but not the required six years, you may still be entitled to something called ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, also known as RPL, which if eligible, would mean that the amount of training you would need to complete in your apprenticeship is reduced, thus you can become qualified considerably sooner. Many older people who have experience in their chosen field overlook RPL and end up being unhappy in their apprenticeships as they are being taught things they are already experienced in.

Who decides whether my previous experience can be considered as RPL?

The Queensland government body that deals with RPL applications is ‘Queensland Department of Education and Training’, however, for engineering and electrical apprenticeships you need to contact Trades Recognition Australia, their phone number is 1300 360 992.

What do I need to be able to work as a tradesmen in QLD?

To be able to work legally in Queensland you may need to obtain an official licence or registration with the relevant body of your trade. To find out if your particular trade requires one, please visit the Queensland Government website. You will also need to be either a:

1) Australian citizen or 2) Permanent Australian resident or 3) Have a work visa.

What are the Mature Age Apprenticeships QLD wages?

Due to the vast amount of opportunities and wealth in Queensland, mature age apprenticeships are popular and the salary of adult apprentices is above average in most trades.
One attractive aspect of mature age apprenticeships in Queensland is that your employer has the option to offer you salary sacrifice options – This means your taxable income is reduced. For example: payments towards a new vehicle for you or extra superannuation contributions. The best thing to do is to discuss any salary sacrificing options with your employer.

Any benefits to Mature Age Apprenticeships QLD?

If you live far away from Queensland and you get an apprenticeship there, you may be entitled to travel allowance and in some cases – living away from home allowance too.

Two excellent resources for Queensland-based mature age apprentices

Here are some useful resources for further reading on mature age apprenticeships in Queensland.

– Queensland Apprenticeships website

– Queensland Government website

Additionally, if you live in the Ipswich area or the nearby surrounding areas, it is thoroughly recommended you register with Apprenticeships Queensland – They are a “community based, not-for-profit organisation, Apprenticeships Queensland exists solely to provide employment services for the people of Ipswich and the surrounding areas.”
-Mature Age Apprenticeships.org Team