What is an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a training contract between an employer and an employee in which the apprentice/trainee learns the occupation or trade.

An apprenticeship or traineeship can be undertaken on a full time or part time basis and can be used as a valuable stepping stone to start or further a career in an industry you want to work in.

If you are employed as an apprentice or trainee, you will combine work for your employer with structured, off-the-job training or workplace based training organised through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and receive a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are not just for students leaving school. They are suitable for people of all ages to improve their career prospects in particular industries. As an apprentice or trainee, you will become more employable by holding a qualification that the industry recognises throughout Australia.

Apprenticeships and traineeships may also be a way for existing workers to gain formal recognition for any skills they have attained and to consolidate these skills by undertaking off-the-job training or workplace based training.