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Apprenticeships and Traineeships

What are apprenticeships and traineeships?

Through apprenticeships and traineeships, you can learn real skills in the workplace, earn a nationally recognised qualification and be paid a wage which increases as you progress through your training.

You’ll enter into a training contract with an employer and a training provider that will allow you to combine on the job training in the workplace with study.

The term apprenticeship can refer to an apprenticeship or a traineeship. So what’s the difference?
  • You can complete an apprenticeship in 3 to 4 years in areas including trades such as construction and hairdressing, and other areas including cooking and horticulture. When you complete an apprenticeship, you become a qualified tradesperson.
  • There are some traineeships you can complete in 1 to 2 years while others may be for 3 to 4 years. You can do traineeships in business, community health, child care, financial services and many other areas. When you complete a traineeship, you get a nationally recognised qualification.
  • When you complete an apprenticeship or traineeship you earn a qualification which can be certificate I, II, III or IV, a diploma or advanced diploma. The qualification level depends on what you’re studying.
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A qualification that can take you places

Apprenticeships and traineeships open the door to hundreds of careers. Our fastest growing industries have a high demand for skilled workers, and they’re looking for people like you now.

If you want to develop practical and technical skills on the job - and get paid while you get qualified - an apprenticeship or traineeship may be for you.

As an apprentice, you'll:

  • learn real skills in the workplace
  • gain either a nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) or Higher Education qualifications
  • earn a wage while you learn
  • develop skills required by industry
  • put everything you learn straight to work.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be done at any point in your career. You can use this type of training to get your foot in the door and learn from experienced mentors as you develop your skills on the job, to increase your skills and qualifications in your current role, or build on your skills to change careers.

What do I need to know?

If you're keen to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship to grow your career, here's a few things you should know to get started.