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Apprenticeships & Traineeships
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Apprentice or Trainee
At the Apprenticeship Community we believe a career choice is as individual as you are and that there are many paths to success – not just the path that everyone else is taking.
An Australian Apprenticeship, commonly known as an apprenticeship or traineeship, is a career pathway that combines paid on-the-job training and formal study with a Registered Training Organisation. It’s a great way to gain a nationally recognised qualification while earning a wage – rather than having to choose one over the other.
An apprenticeship or traineeship qualification offers promising career path opportunities, with up-to-date and practical industry knowledge that is highly sought after by employers.
"Did you know you may be eligible for Australian government financial incentives, and other benefits, to assist with the costs of undertaking your training"?
Plenty of choice
With over 600 qualifications available in over 50 industries, there’s plenty of choice if you’re considering an apprenticeship or traineeship career path.
Perhaps you really want to be a motorcycle mechanic? An electrical engineer or a boat builder? A landscape gardener or an aircraft maintenance worker? A chef, make up artist, animal care attendant, or a youth worker?
Choosing an apprenticeship or traineeship path can help you achieve your career dreams. You can start your apprenticeship or traineeship while still in school, if you’ve left school or if you’ve been in the workplace for many years.
Whether you want to kick-start your career or re-route from your current career, there’s an apprenticeship or traineeship opportunity to suit you.
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Undertaking an apprenticeship is the time spent learning a skilled trade under a qualified trades-person. There are many different trades – from hairdresser to mechanic, electrician to chef, plumber to cabinet maker. A traineeship also combines on the job training.
A traineeship is the time spent learning a job (or vocation) under a supervisor, for industries that don’t require a trade certificate. You can do a traineeship in just about any workplace or industry, for example in administration, retail, health care, horticulture or animal care. Traineeship qualifications range from Certificate II up to Advanced Diploma.
The Australian Government can provide funding and other benefits to assist with the costs incurred for employers and apprentices/trainees whilst undertaking the training. Eligibility criteria applies.
There are more than 600 qualifications in over 50 industries offering apprenticeship and traineeship pathways, ranging from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma levels, including traditional trades and a number of emerging occupations in most other sectors of business and industry.
You can undertake an Australian Apprenticeship as a school leaver, if you’re re-entering the workforce and if you are an adult simply looking at a career change. You can even begin an 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!
The cost of training is varied among industry qualifications and can be covered by financial incentives, if eligible. We can talk to you about the costs and any financial incentives available to business owners to cover wages or to the student to cover associated training costs and living expenses.
Full time apprenticeships will take between 36 to 48 months, depending on the apprentice and how quickly they complete the competencies. Full time traineeships will take between 12 and 24 months. The qualifications undertaken are from Certificate Level II to Level VI. Recognition of prior learning, on the job learning and formal or informal experience can all contribute towards competency and faster completion of the certification.
There are many industry training providers to choose from including public providers (TAFE) or private fee-for-service Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Some RTOs are government funded and can offer subsidised training costs.