Serving communities for over 40 years
Over 40 years' experience
About Apprenticeship Community
We’re a nation-wide collective of Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers, with over 40 years’ experience.
Our promise is to work closely with employers and job seekers to provide information, assistance and outstanding customer service to build skilled and stronger work forces across Australia.
The Apprenticeship Community is a collective of Australian Apprenticeship Network Providers with over 40 years' experience in supporting career paths and strengthening workplace skills in Australia
Why use us...
Why join The Apprenticeship Community?
- We deliver excellence in apprenticeship services
- We simplify the process by helping you to understand the whole apprenticeship or traineeship process
- We get the right person for the right role
- We keep you informed about what training you can access and the financial incentives that are available
- We offer ongoing support including mentoring, to ensure successful completion of qualifications.
Over 600 Qualifications
Usually an apprenticeship is for a trade based industry such as electrical, building and construction, cooking, automotive, hairdressing, engineering and other trade-based qualifications. An apprenticeship qualification is longer in duration and can take up to 4 years to complete.
Traineeships cover industries that don’t require a trade certificate, for example business, retail, hospitality, IT, tourism and many more. A traineeship usually takes anywhere from 6 months to 3 years to complete, depending on the qualification and prior skills.
You can undertake an Australian Apprenticeship as a school leaver, if you’re re-entering the workforce and if you are an adult looking to change careers or gain skills for your industry. You can also begin an Australian Apprenticeship while finishing secondary school under a School-based Apprenticeship arrangement
You may elect to study full-time, part-time, or a combination of both – earning and learning as you go!
You will need to be minimum working age but there is no maximum age limit to begin an apprenticeship or traineeship. You will also need to be an Australian Citizen, a New Zealand passport holder or hold a visa that allows you to engage in work in Australia. With the host employer you will need to be permanently employed for a minimum of 15 hours per week you or 7.5 hours per week if undertaking a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. You will not be eligible if you are a casual employee or sub-contractor.
A full time apprenticeship can take anywhere from 36 to 60 months and include qualifications from Certificate Level III to Certificate Level V
A full time traineeship generally takes between 12 and 60 months and covers qualifications from Certificate Level II to Level VI.
The certificates are awarded based on competency which means the sooner you learn the skills and knowledge, the sooner you finish. You can also use additional real life experience to further reduce the certification time. Experience gained via formal or informal training, work experience, prior learning and on-the-job skills all count towards the attainment of your certificate and is called Recognised Prior Learning or RPL.
This depends on the qualification and the training organisation.
There are financial and other incentives from the Australian Government and State Governments that can subsidise some of the costs, but you should check with your Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or Apprenticeship Community consultant first.
Your training provider is responsible for developing your training plan, delivering the training, assessing your achievements and issuing you with your qualification upon completion of your training. It’s important that you and your employer choose the right training organisation for you and they can either be a public provider such as TAFE or a private organisation with accreditation. The Apprenticeship Community can provide you with a list of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) offering your qualification. Some providers are funded by the Government which means they can provide subsidised training or if you choose a training organisation that is not funded, your training will be delivered on a fee-for-service basis.
Make sure you and your employer think about the following things when choosing your training provider:
- How much input will you and your employer have into the course?
- Ask how and when the training will take place and when you will be assessed?
- How often will your training provider visit you at work and provide feedback?
- What other assistance can they provide?
- What are the costs involved?
There are over 600 qualifications in over 50 industries.
Whether you are choosing a career path or the right skills training for your employee, the Apprenticeship Community can assist.