Skilling Queensland's Future!

Who we are

Smart Employment Solutions is a not-for-profit, registered charity that has been successfully managing the careers of South East Queensland apprentices for over 35 years.  We have helped over 20,000 apprentices and trainees to get into their chosen careers.

We provide the training and on-the-job skills for you to get a nationally recognised qualification, setting you up with a career for life.

What we do

We employ you and place you out with qualified tradespeople to get you on the job training and experience with our Host Employer partners.  This means if something happens to your Host Employer, you are still an apprentice, still have a job and we find you a new Host Employer.

The Host Employers are checked out to make sure they are suitable to have an apprentice; they must be:

  • Safe
  • Have registered, experienced tradespeople for you to work with
  • Have the ability and intention to provide you with on-going training, ideally for the length of your apprenticeship

How it works

We assign you a dedicated Employment Officer to report to.  Your Employment Officer will:

  • Set you up with tools and PPE
  • Manage your college bookings
  • Keep in regular contact with you
  • Monitor your progress

Smart Employment Solutions is your employer and pays your wages.  You report daily on-site to your Host Employer and your Host Employer trains you with on-the-job experience.

Smart Employment Solutions is a not-for-profit, registered Charity.  Our mission is to provide training and education opportunities through apprenticeships and traineeships focussing on young people.

Career Opportunities

Electrical Apprenticeship


  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Industrial
Mechanic Apprenticeship & Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship


  • Light Vehicle Mechanic
  • Diesel Mechanic
Building Apprenticeship & Construction Apprenticeship


  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Cabinet Making
  • Roof Plumbing
  • Brick Laying
  • Tiling
  • Civil Construction
  • Concreting
Engineering Apprenticeship


  • Boiler Making
  • Fitting & Turning
  • Light Fabrication Sheet Metal
Apprentices at work on a construction site

Start or Complete an Apprenticeship with Us!

Fill out an application or chat with us below to find out more.

What happens in an Apprenticeship

In an apprenticeship, you are paid to learn and to become a qualified trades person, setting you up with a career for life.  You work and learn from a qualified and experienced tradie and do a training course to build on your on-the-job training.

To sign up and do an apprenticeship, you will:

  • Sign a Training Agreement that can be 3 or 4 years long, depending on the trade.
  • Complete a training course that’s working through content booklets, or at college 1 day a week or in blocks of weeks over the first 3 years

We also do school-based apprenticeships so you can get a head start on your career while still at school!

Get your career started today!

Fill out an application or chat with us below to find out more.

Careers in Trade

How it Works

1. Choose a Trade

We work with you to help you choose the right career and trade.

2. We Employ You

We employ you and pay you an attractive, industry approved wage.

3. Start Your Career

You start your career with one of our reputable Host Employers on our payroll.

To ensure you get the best range of training, you will probably work under several different Host Employers through out your Apprenticeship.

4. Get Qualified

You gain you a nationally recognised qualification earned through doing the training and learning on-the-job skills.

Apply Here!

Welcome to our New Apprentices

Jake is cracking into a plumbing apprenticeship

Cabinet Maker 1st Year Apprentice

Jarod joined us as a third year cabinet maker apprentice

a third year cabinet maker apprentice

William is starting his first year in an electrician apprenticeship

1st year Electrical Apprentice

Forms & Useful Links

What is it like Working for Us

Jonathan Key

I’ve completed my entire apprentice with Smart Employment, and they have been forever consistent with work, kept me up to date with TAFE, they have responded quickly and been very helpful with any concerns I’ve had about work, TAFE and pay etc.  Never letting me down!  I’d highly recommend!

Jonathan Key Apprentice

Griffin Luck

SES has been great support to me.  I’ve found the service to be consistent.  They regularly check in with me to see how I’m going, always answering my questions.  I’d like to thank Mick – he has been a huge help.  If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have this apprenticeship.


Griffin Luck Apprentice