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Types of apprenticeships and traineeships


Full-time apprentices and trainees work and train full-time, usually from 36 to 38 hours a week.

Traineeships vary in length from 12 months to three years, while apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete.

With the introduction of expected durations that set a target for early completions, it is likely that some apprenticeships could be completed faster than this.

For further information on expected durations, view the ATIS-019 Length of apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet.


Part-time apprentices and trainees work and train no less than 15 hours each week, averaged over a four week cycle.

Part-time apprenticeships and traineeships generally have a nominal term double that of the full-time apprenticeship or traineeship's nominal term (e.g. a four year full-time apprenticeship may take up to eight years in part-time capacity). However, competency-based training may mean that the apprenticeship or traineeship may be completed in a shorter timeframe.

The ATIS-021 Part-time and multiple training contracts information sheet provides further information.

Adult and mature age

Apprenticeships aren't just for young people. There are many opportunities for older workers especially in skills shortage industries.

Your existing skills and experience may provide you with credit and may reduce your training time. Even if you have never formally studied or trained in a particular area, you may have gained knowledge and skills through your education, training, work and life experience.

Recognition of prior learning (also referred to as RPL or recognition of current competencies), is the formal recognition of a person's current skills and knowledge, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred.

Discuss the RPL process with a training organisation. For further information, view the ATIS-010 Credit and recognition of prior learning information sheet.


School-based apprentices and trainees undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship as part of their high school studies.

A school-based apprentice or trainee's employment and/or training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.

Read further information about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Apprentices and trainees employed by group training organisations

Apprentices and trainees employed by a group training organisation are placed with host employers to get on-the-job experience. Group training organisation details can be found on the Training Queensland website.

Existing workers employed as apprentices and trainees

Existing workers employed as apprentices and trainees commence an apprenticeship or traineeship after working with an employer for longer than three months full-time, or longer than 12 months on a part-time or casual basis. Find out more about the policy by reading the Existing workers fact sheet (PDF, 130KB) on the Training Queensland website.

Queensland Government apprenticeships and traineeships

The Queensland Government offers full-time traineeships and school-based apprenticeships or traineeships each year in government agencies, including state government departments, local councils, statutory authorities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Councils and not-for-profit community organisations.

For more information on applying for one of these positions, search for vacancies directly through the Queensland Government's Smart jobs and careers website.

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