MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees recruits, employs and supports Australians who want to get qualified in a trade through an apprenticeship or traineeship pathway.

Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Specialists

At MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees we are driven by a single purpose – to connect talented apprentices and trainees with the right jobs that will set them up for successful, rewarding, and long-lasting careers. For 35 years we’ve had the privilege of helping thousands of Australians find an apprenticeship and become qualified and skilled tradespeople in their field of choice.

MIGAS specialises in traditional skilled trades employment across manufacturing, construction, automotive, mining, engineering, telecommunications, electrical and other related industries.

Your Group Training Provider

MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees is a registered Group Training Organisation (GTO), with offices in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

The role of a GTO is to recruit and employ apprentices and trainees, and provide ongoing support throughout their practical and technical training. As the contractual employer of an apprentice or trainee, MIGAS also performs all requirements relating to their employment arrangement including payroll, induction, mentorship, and full administrative support.

Apprentices and trainees are placed with a suitable host employer to complete their on-the-job training, while completing a nationally accredited qualification with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Certifications and Registrations


MIGAS is committed to quality service delivery for its clients and employees, and undertakes rigorous internal and external auditing on an annual basis across our operations.

We hold certification in the following ISO Standards:

  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems
  • ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems

ISO certification

Quality Group Training

We are registered against the National GTO Standards in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, and hold Labour Hire licences in Queensland and Victoria.

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MIGAS is a proud member of the National Apprenticeship Employment Network, and also holds membership with state branches AEN Qld & NT, AEN NSW & ACT, Apprenticeship Employment Network (Victoria), AEN South Australia and AEN Western Australia.

What We Stand For - MIGAS Values

  • We celebrate mateship

    Our behaviours and actions embody the character of mateship. What you see is what you get.

    We act as one and offer each other unconditional support. We treat others with fairness and trust each other to keep our word. We are adventurous, open-minded and appreciate that our differences are part of what makes us great.

    We are sincere, ask for help when we need it, admit to our mistakes, and work to put things right. We don’t make false friends and we mean what we say.

  • We do what is right not just what is expected

    We value our co-workers’ time and effort, and so we always offer our best work, first time. We build open and honest relationships through communicating.

    Together we celebrate each other’s successes with understated pride. We give credit where it’s due, celebrate diversity and critique ideas, not people. We take personal responsibility for achieving our objectives.

    We act professionally and with conviction in our words and actions.

  • We keep each other safe

    Safety is at the heart of our business and shapes the decisions we make. We talk meaningfully about safe practices and attitudes at every level of the organisation. We give clarity and context to work health and safety to ensure it stays relevant in each of our roles.

    For us, safety is not just “ticking a box”. We personalise safety outcomes and intimately understand our role in preventing and eliminating risks and hazards, every day.

    We keep ourselves, each other, our apprentices, trainees and customers safe.

  • We see things through our customers’ eyes

    Our customers are our host employers. We are accountable for the actions we take to create positive and memorable customer experiences, just as our customers expect us to be accountable to their needs. We approach customer interactions with both physical and mental energy in a way that shows optimism, usefulness and authenticity.

    When problems arise, we think about things from the customer’s perspective. We act quickly and without blame to resolve issues, find compromise, and create solutions.

    We work hard at earning our customer’s trust and loyalty.

  • We stand up for trade apprenticeships

    Our reason for being is to create jobs for apprentices and trainees. Together with our host employers, they sit at the heart of our business. We stand side by side with our apprentices and trainees from commencement to completion.

    We take great pride in our knowledge of the Australian Apprenticeships sector, and draw on our expertise to educate, guide and delight our clients, peers, staff and stakeholders.

    We leverage our know-how to position ourselves as the leading employer of apprentices and trainees in traditional trades and complementary industries.

Board of Directors

  • Carolyn Barker AM, Chair

    Carolyn Barker AM has been a MIGAS board member for the past six years and is the current Chairperson. Prior to becoming a full-time Company Director in 2018, she held CEO positions for 25 years in private education and commercial services. Similarly, her Company Director experience has spanned two decades during which time she sat on publicly listed, private company, government and not for profit boards.

    Carolyn is an experienced independent director and chairperson and brings focus to strategic planning and corporate culture as well as utilising her general commercial and digital governance skills. She has served on boards in the areas of education, legal services, public transport, complementary medicine regulation, the arts and local government. Carolyn currently consults to organisations in the areas of leadership development and capability frameworks, in addition to offering executive coaching and workplace mediation services.

    She is Chair of the Transport for Brisbane Board, Chair of MiTraining Pty Ltd, and most recently completed eight years as a board member of Shine Corporate Ltd. Carolyn is a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) awarded for her service to management and education organisations and the arts, and is a QUT School of Business Alumni Award winner. She is also a nationally accredited Mediator.

  • James Slade-Symons, Deputy Chair

    James Slade-Symons is the Founder & Managing Partner of Macarthur Human Capital (MHC), a proudly Australian, privately owned advisory service with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. James specialises in human resources and organisational development consulting for executives and boards for some of Australia’s leading brands through to rapidly growing tech start-ups.

    James is renowned for his unique use of business and people analytics, which provide insights to optimise organisational impact, efficiency and commercial performance. He has built a range of proprietary psychometric and analytical products, including the launch of the rQ App in 2023 to capture previously unused data sources, revolutionising performance analysis and decision-based insights for organisations.

    During his career, James has held board and HR leadership positions with Vodafone, Coles Myer and Chandler Macleod, where he has also consulted to clients across the mining, agritech, biotech and professional service sectors. During this time James has led a number of successful start-ups and re-aligned ASX listed organisations to achieve significant commercial success.

  • Rod Margetts, Treasurer and Company Secretary

    Rod Margetts is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

    Rod is Principal Consultant and the co-founder of Oxford Associates, a consultancy firm specialising in a range of innovative business improvement solutions and management advice to clients in the public and private sectors across Australia and New Zealand. 

    He is a respected leader, analyst and strategist with extensive experience at the senior executive level across multiple service industries including education and training.