What are apprenticeships and traineeships?

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If you want to give your career a kickstart, an apprenticeship or traineeship is a great way to get ahead.

As an apprentice or trainee, you get the benefit of structured and relevant competency-based training that teaches you skills you can use straight away.

You’ll also be working which means you’re getting paid while you complete your training, as well as gaining valuable on-the-job experience.

Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship or traineeship, you’ll have the expertise, experience and qualification you need to take the next step in your career or further your education.


Benefits of becoming an apprentice or trainee

When you take on an apprenticeship or traineeship, you'll:


Did you know…

The term 'Australian Apprenticeship' is used to cover both apprenticeships and traineeships. An Australian Apprentice can refer to either an apprentice or trainee. Keep reading to learn more about the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship...


What's the difference between apprenticeships and traineeships?

  • Apprenticeships
    • Generally take between 36 to 48 months to complete depending on the qualification.
    • Are available in trade areas such as building and construction, commercial cookery, automotive, engineering, manufacturing and more.
  • Traineeships
    • Generally take between 12 and 24 months to complete depending on the qualification.
    • Are available in services areas such as business, retail, community health, childcare, hair and beauty, financial services and more.

Australian Apprenticeships are competency-based, which means completion can occur at any stage as long as all parties agree that the required skills (competencies) have been achieved.

When the time comes to complete the apprenticeship or traineeship, we can assist with this process.

To find out whether an apprenticeship or traineeship is available in the industry you want to be a part of, check out My Skills - Australia's Training Directory.