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Are you eligible to do an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Minimum age

Individuals who are 13 years of age or older may be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations.

However, Queensland legislation applies age restrictions to particular apprenticeships and traineeships. To check if there is a minimum age requirement for the particular apprenticeship or traineeship you are interested in, refer to the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website and search on the apprenticeship or traineeship in question.

If you are under 18 years of age at the start date of your apprenticeship or traineeship, your parent or guardian must sign the training contract, amongst other responsibilities.

To find out more, read the ATIS-001 Age requirements and restricted callings information sheet.

Existing employees

If you are already employed, part-time or full-time, you can still commence an apprenticeship or traineeship. For example, you could use an apprenticeship to move from trades assistant to apprentice to tradesperson. You may even be able to reduce the length of your apprenticeship or traineeship if you receive recognition of prior learning or credit transfers for the skills you have already acquired.

Note: Casual or daily hire employees are not eligible to undertake part-time apprenticeships or traineeships, as there is no guaranteed pattern of work (which is a requirement of a training contract).

Existing employees entering in an apprenticeship or traineeship may be subject to the Existing Workers Policy which may affect funding for off-the-job training. Read the ATIS-035 Existing workers information sheet to find out more about the existing workers policy. To find out how this policy may affect your funding for training, go to the User Choice section of the Training website.

School students

Students, typically in years 10, 11 and 12, are able to participate in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships which allows the student to study for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and/or OP score while, at the same time, working and training towards a recognised qualification. For more information, read the ATIS-026 School-based apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet.

School students may also take on a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship outside of school hours.

In the exceptional circumstance where a student wishes to leave school to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship, prior to turning 16 or completing Year 10, it is recommended they phone their local Education Queensland regional office or talk to their school principal for further information.

Interstate apprentices and trainees

To be registered as a Queensland apprentice or trainee, your workplace address must be in Queensland. To find out more, read the ATIS-018 Interstate apprentices and trainees information sheet.

Non-residents of Australia

As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia. Any other person wanting to participate in an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia must have a visa allowing employment.

The right to legal employment in Australia does not guarantee eligibility to participate in apprenticeships or traineeships; for example holders of a Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) are not eligible. To find out if your visa allows you to participate in apprenticeships or traineeships in Queensland, read the ATIS-010 Citizenship, residency and visa information sheet or phone Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

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This page was last updated at 03-April-2014
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