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:
- contact a training organisation who offers training in the trade you are interested in - search your chosen apprenticeship or traineeship on the QTIS website to find a list of training organisations
- visit the Pre-apprenticeship Course Finder on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.
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:
- Directly by a business. The business will pay your wages and train you with the support of a training organisation. Visit the Finding an employer page for links, tip sand help on finding an employer.
- By a group training organisation. GTOs pay your wages and organise your training with your training organisation, however they will place you with different businesses (host employers) to gain the on-the-job skills. Phone 1800 819 747 to find a GTO near you.
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 (TAFE institute or private registered training organisation) that will:
- help you and your employer develop the training plan (before the end of the probationary period) which outlines what you need to learn and when, and how it will be delivered and assessed
- provide you with a training record to document your training
- deliver training and assess your achievement of skills
- issue a qualification on successful completion of your apprenticeship or traineeship.
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:
- talk to your Australian Apprenticeships Centre
- visit the My Skills website
- visit the QTIS website (this site only lists Pre-Qualified Supplier training organisations who have User Choice contracts with the department).
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
Your employer will need to contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre on 13 38 73 to organise the signing of a training contract before the end of the probationary period. 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 Australian Apprenticeships Centre 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
- Probation is a period of time when the apprentice or trainee works and trains with their employer before each decides whether to continue with the apprenticeship or traineeship.
- Probation begins on the day that you commence the apprenticeship or traineeships and usually lasts 90 days for an apprentice and 30 days for a trainee.
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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