About NAEN

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) is Australia’s largest employer network of apprentices and trainees.

Across metropolitan, rural, regional and remote Australia, the network employs some 25,000 apprentices and trainees in a diverse range of industries.
The employer network is unique, as it represents the practice of Group Training under which Group Training Organisations (GTOs) directly employ apprentices and trainees and place them with host businesses.

Under this arrangement, GTOs are responsible for selecting and recruiting apprentices and trainees, matching them to host businesses, meeting all employer obligations including paying wages and entitlements, arranging formal training and assessment, and providing pastoral care and support throughout the engagement.

GTOs have come to occupy a pivotal role in many communities through their links with enterprises, training providers and schools, as well as in Indigenous and remote communities where they play a central role in careers and training.

Our Members


Former Productivity Commission chair Peter Harris says falling apprenticeships have become a “a serious structural issue without a current solution.” He's urged an increase in apprentice wages with the cost to employers offset by tax relief https://t.co/RfAJJN8EHK

A wonderful and inspiring story @abcnews of a NSW school doing things differently with amazing results. Well done to the team at @skillset_news https://t.co/BJTM32ymOa

Great to be in Melbourne tonight with @Mary_Wooldridge and Peta Skujins at #aenawards2019 https://t.co/aAT4cswuOA

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists at #ata2019 and especially to all the group training apprentices and trainees #realskillsforrealcareers https://t.co/YudzDYGhLD

We are delighted that Governor-General David Hurley has agreed to become the Patron of @nationalNAEN. The group training network greatly appreciates his tremendous contribution and the organisations he supports.

An important @NCVER study out today shows group training apprentice and trainees completions “substantially higher” than direct employment among small and medium employers https://t.co/L2I2W2Qvx5 #apprentices #skills