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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

Our CEO Dianne Dayhew says it's the right time to look at how we reform the VET sector and make sure apprenticeships flourish during the economic recovery

If you're an apprentice or trainee who has lost your job from small business, you can go to the Apprentice & Trainee Re-engagement Register. Employers can list openings and apply for a 50% wage subsidy

A critical issue is how we keep those apprentices who are in hibernation mode engaged and interested in completing their apprenticeships.

Apprentices & trainees displaced from small biz can now go to the Apprentice & Trainee Re-engagement Register. Employers can list openings and apply for 50% wage subsidy @MySkills_VET @SenatorCash @tanya_plibersek @COSBOA @EmploymentGovAU @The_AiGroup

This is a really difficult day for thousands of people in the hospitality industry – apprentices, trainees, owners, casuals and permanent staff. Their businesses close at midday with no guarantee when, or if, they will re-open #Covid_19australia

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