About Us


Apprenticeship Queensland (AQ) partners with our clients to meet their employment goals through a variety of services. We offer opportunities for apprentices and trainees across a broad range of vocational areas as well as recruitment and training solutions for our partner businesses.


Established in 1986 to support employment and training in the Ipswich region. 1986….difficult economic conditions were changing and reshaping much of Australian business and industry. Australian industry was short of skilled workers, but economic uncertainty made employers wary of long-term commitments such as apprenticeships.

John Callaghan was the Economic Development Officer for the Ipswich City Council in 1985 when youth unemployment in Ipswich was around 25%
John heard of a new initiative to assist in the training of apprentices and after consulting with several Chairs and CEOs of existing training Schemes operating in Queensland he went to the Ipswich City Council and received permission to undertake a Feasibility Study to gauge the response of local employers to participating in a local Scheme.
With a good response to the concept John went to the Ipswich City and West Morton Regional Councils in 1986 who agreed to set up a company to be named the Ipswich Moreton Community Apprenticeship Scheme (IMCAS) which later became Apprenticeships Queensland
John worked tirelessly to create IMCAS and was appointed Chairman of the company and guided the organisation through some tough times during the next twenty-five years before he retired in 2004.


AQ currently employs several hundred apprentices, trainees and support staff. AQ is a not-for-profit, community based company governed by a Board of Directors.