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Four steps to get started in your apprenticeship or traineeship

This information can be used for persons who want to commence an adult apprenticeship or traineeship as well as high school students who want to commence as a school-based apprentice or trainee. However, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships have specific requirements on top of the below information - visit the School-based section for further information.

Step 1: Choose the right apprenticeship or traineeship

To find an apprenticeship or traineeship that suits you, think about what you enjoy doing and what your interests are. Ask your family, friends or your school's career counsellor or guidance officer about the job you are interested in.

The following websites are a good starting point to find out more about your career options:

Find out if there is an approved apprenticeship or traineeship offering skills you will enjoy by browsing the A - Z of apprenticeships and traineeships on the Queensland Training Information Services (QTIS) website.

Before commencing an apprenticeship, you might like to get a 'taste' for the trade by participating in a pre-apprenticeship course:

Step 2: Find an employer

Unfortunately Apprenticeships Info does not keep details of job vacancies and therefore are unable to match jobseekers with employers. Finding an employer is up to the individual.

You will need to find an employer to employ you to show you the ropes and help you progress through your apprenticeship or traineeship. There are two ways you can be employed as an apprentice or trainee:

Earn while you learn

Your wages and entitlements are dependent upon the industrial instrument of your workplace. For more information on wages and entitlements, phone the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94.

Step 3: Choose your training organisation

You and your employer will choose a training organisation who will:

As each training organisation offers different ways of training, the apprentice or trainee and their employer should 'shop around' for the appropriate training organisation for their needs.

Some training organisations are funded by the department to provide training for most apprenticeships, and some traineeships, at a reduced cost. These training organisations are referred to as pre-qualified suppliers under the User Choice program.

To find training organisations relevant to your chosen apprenticeship or traineeship:

Cost of training

There may be costs involved with your apprenticeship or traineeship - to find out more visit the Costs of training page of this section.

Step 4: Get started

Work with an Australian Apprenticeships Centre (AAC)

Your employer will need to contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre on 13 38 73 to organise the signing of a training contract. The training contract must be signed within 14 days of your commencement date and given to the AAC within 28 days of the commencement date. A training contract is a legally binding agreement, between you and your employer, to work and train together for a length of time. If you are aged under 18, your partner or guardian must also sign the contract.

The AAC will lodge the training contract with the Department of Education, Training and Employment for registration. Once registered, you and your employer will receive a letter from the department, who will oversee the apprenticeship or traineeship for the duration of the training contract.

Use the probationary period to be sure

Before the end of probation, you and your employer must both decide whether you want to continue with the apprenticeship or traineeship and complete the training contract. If you both decide to continue, you and your employer agree to work together until you achieve all necessary skills.

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This page was last updated at 28-October-2014
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