How apprenticeship works

What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?

An Australian Apprenticeship, commonly known as an apprenticeship or traineeship, is a learning 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 working under employment, rather than having to choose one over the other!



An apprenticeship is a structured training arrangement usually lasting 3.5 or four years. The training combines practical experience at work with complementary off-the-job training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). On successful completion, they are issued with a nationally recognised qualification and on-the-job skills, which many employers highly regard.

Apprentices and Trainees finish their higher-learning journey with practical skills AND a formal education. This powerful combination of theoretical and hands-on experience is prized by employers across many industries and professions. Did you know the Australian Government may even provide funding and other benefits to assist with the costs incurred whilst they are undertaking training?

More than 500 occupations offer 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.

Who is eligible?

Australian Apprenticeships are available to school leavers, those re-entering the workforce, and adults simply looking at a career change.

Your students can even commence or complete an Australian Apprenticeship while finishing secondary school under a School-based Apprenticeship arrangement.

Who is eligible


A traineeship is a training agreement between the trainee and their respective employer whereby the employer agrees to train the trainee in a specific industry and agrees to work and learn.

Traineeships are available for people of all ages and usually last between nine to 48 months, depending on the vocation and certificate level undertaken.

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