What are apprenticeships and traineeships?

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An Australian Apprenticeship is an employment and education pathway that combines paid on-the-job training and formal study with a Registered Training Organisation. 

The term 'Australian Apprenticeship' is used to cover both apprenticeships and traineeships. An Australian Apprentice can refer to either an apprentice or trainee.


Why take on an apprentice or trainee?

Whether you’re taking on a new apprentice or trainee or upskilling your existing staff, apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to:

To engage an apprentice or trainee, a Commonwealth Government Training Contract must be in place. It may sound complicated but don’t worry – that’s where we come in!

We’re here to help you find the right fit for your team, sign up your apprentice or trainee, register their Training Contract with the relevant State Training Authority, and provide ongoing support every step of the way.


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 your industry, check out My Skills - Australia's Training Directory.