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With hundreds of traineeship qualifications to choose from, there's bound to be a qualification to match your career goals!

A traineeship offers you a qualification from Certificate II right up to Advanced Diploma – in any industry you can think of. Perhaps you like fashion or the arts? Or cooking? Want to work in community health or conservation, sales or business?

The Apprenticeship Community can assist you to find the perfect qualification to suit you and your career preferences.

Exciting Career Paths 

Traineeships can open doors to exciting career paths! There are literally hundreds of qualifications to choose from including construction, business, agriculture, fashion, design, animal care – and many more.

The Apprenticeship Community can help you to embark on a career path that’s right for you, helping you to assess your interests, current skills and aspirations – we’ll find the career direction that you’re most passionate about.

With on-the-job training, you can earn while you learn and gain a qualification on completion. There is also potential financial support and wage incentives to assist you (eligibility criteria applies).

A traineeship is similar to an apprenticeship but does not require a trades certificate. The training is also shorter in duration and can usually be completed within 12 to 24 months. You still learn in the workplace and gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of your traineeship. 

Like an apprenticeship, you can commence a traineeship while still in school, as a school leaver or as a mature age worker. Undertaking a traineeship qualification provides industry knowledge and recognition that can take you onto further career prospects or entry to university.

Want to know more about traineeships? The answers to other frequently asked questions can be found below or feel free to contact us via our online form. 

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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.  

full time apprenticeship can take anywhere from 36 to 60 months and include qualifications from Certificate Level III to Certificate Level V

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.

It really depends on your qualification, your employer and you.  However, there are minimum wage conditions for employers and employees across Australia. Visit the Fairwork website or phone 13 13 94.

Your employer will usually cover the costs of the training, but you will need to check with them.

The Australian Government and State Governments may also 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?

Choosing a career path is a big decision! Your likes, personality, preferences and talents will all come into play. Our Resources page offers quizzes, activities, tips and tricks to help you. 

What kind of apprenticeships are available?

Trade industries where you can undertake an Australian Apprenticeship include:

  • Agriculture and Primary Industries (Farrier)
  • Automotive Industry (a range of automotive mechanic and specialist auto trades)
  • Aviation (including Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and more)
  • Beauty (Hairdressing)
  • Boating & Marine (Marine Craft Construction or Mechanic)
  • Building & Construction (including Bricklayer, Carpenter, Plumber, Tiler and many more)
  • Community Services (children’s services para-professional)
  • Electro-technology and Electricity Supply (Electrician, Electronics & Communications, Airconditioning Mechanic and many more)
  • Engineering (including electrical, mechanical, fabrication and many more)
  • Food & Meat Processing (Meat Retailing)
  • Forestry (Forest Products Worker)
  • Furnishing and Craftworkers (including Floor Technology, Furniture Making, Glass & Glazing and more)
  • Horticulture (including Arborist, Landscaper, Parks & Gardens and more)
  • Hospitality (including Commercial Cookery, Baker, Pastry Cooking and more)
  • Jewellery and Watchmaking (Jeweller & Watchmaker)
  • Manufacturing (including Operators, Technicians and Fabricators)
  • Printing and Graphic Arts (including Screenprinting, Graphic Pre-press and more)
  • Racing (Jockey)
  • Textile, Clothing and Footwear (including Shoe Making, Clothing and Textile Production and more)

Find out more in our A-Z Guide to Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships 

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