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Types of apprenticeships and traineeships

Full-time apprentice or trainee

Full-time apprentices and trainees work and train full-time, usually 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 excepted 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, read the ATIS-019 Length of apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet.

Part-time apprentice or trainee

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

The nominal term of part-time apprenticeships and traineeships are normally double that of a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship.

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).

Adult and mature age

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

An adult apprentice or trainee's existing skills and experience may provide them with recognition of prior learning (RPL) towards their training and may reduce their training time. Their knowledge and skills through education, training, work and life experiences may prove valuable to your business.

Employers of mature aged workers (25 years and older) may also attract commencement and completion incentives through the Commonwealth Government.

In some industries, minimum wages apply for adult apprentices and trainees. The age when an apprentice or trainee is considered to be an adult may differ from industry to industry. For more information, phone the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or visit their website.

School-based apprentice or trainee

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.

Employers should phone the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 to find out about wages and entitlements in detail.

Find out more in the school-based apprenticeships and traineeships section of this website.

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.

Employers can sign up to become a host employer for a group training organisation - visit the Training Queensland website to find details on group training organisations in their area.

Existing workers employed as apprentices and trainees

Existing workers may be employed as apprentices and trainees. For example, you and your employee may wish to use an apprenticeship pathway to move from trades assistant to apprentice to tradesperson.

Existing workers entering into an apprenticeship or traineeship may be subject to the Existing Workers Policy which may affect funding for off-the-job training. Read the Existing workers fact sheet (PDF, 130KB) on the Training Queensland website to find out more about the existing workers policy. To find out how this policy may affect Government funding contributions towards the cost of training for your apprentice or trainee, go to the User Choice section on the Training Queensland website.

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This page was last updated at 27-June-2014
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