Why choose an apprenticeship or traineeship?
An apprenticeship or traineeship can enable you to:
- gain valuable work experience
- get paid while you learn
- learn the latest knowledge and skills
- get a qualification that's recognised across Australia.
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training with working in a real job, for a real boss with a real wage.
Apprentices and trainees complete a qualification while learning skills at work and under the guidance of a training organisation.
Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time, part-time or school-based where some of the training is undertaken while the apprentice or trainee is at high school. Read more about the types of apprenticeships and traineeships.
Facts about apprenticeships and traineeships:
- apprenticeships and traineeships combine work with structured training
- traineeships vary in length from 12 months to three years
- apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete but many apprenticeships can now be completed more quickly than the traditional four years
- apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time, part-time, or school-based - where some of the training is undertaken while the apprentice or trainee is in high school
- existing employees may undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship
- apprenticeships and traineeships require employers to enter into a training contract with the apprentice or trainee
- employers work with a training organisation and the apprentice or trainee to draw up the training plan
- training options must be negotiated and outlined in the training plan. Aspects of training that are open to negotiation (subject to training package requirements) include: selection, content and sequencing of competency units - timing, location and mode of delivery, and the trainer or facilitator.
Training can be delivered using one or more of the following options:
- in an appropriate environment, such as an employer's premises, TAFE institute or private college where training is delivered by the training organisation
- using flexible delivery methods, such as video link, teleconference, correspondence, work books, online self-paced learning, or an internet classroom link, where training is delivered by the training organisation
- in the workplace, where training is delivered by the employer.
Where can an apprenticeship or traineeship take you?
On completion of an apprenticeship or traineeship you will have learnt new skills and gained experience and confidence working in a real job. This puts you in a great place to keep working, to go on to further study or even start your own business.
Find out what it's like to be in an apprenticeship or traineeship by reading real life testimonials from apprentices and trainees.