Apprenticeships and Traineeships

  • What is an apprenticeship?

    An apprenticeship provides an opportunity for young Australians to become trained and qualified in a chosen trade profession. Australian apprenticeships or traineeships are available to anyone of working age, and can be completed full time, part time, or while still at school. An apprenticeship allows students to learn from trained professionals, complete paid work and study in parallel.

    Apprenticeships or traineeships are a great way to get a head start in the construction industry.

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  • What careers can apprenticeships lead to?

    There are over 500 apprenticeships on offer with many of these being in the construction industry.
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  • What will an apprenticeship leave your student with?

    A qualification that is recognised Australia wide.
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    Once your student decides on the right career for them, there are 10,791 registered training organisations (RTO) across Australia. Search for a training organisation

  • Benefits of an apprenticeship
    • A nationally recognised qualification from TAFE or a registered training organisation
    • Paid work while they learn
    • Hands-on work that is often outdoors
    • Use their existing skills and life experience
    • Full time or part time and also available part time while still at school
    • A great pathway from school to work
    • Leads to a successful career in the construction industry
  • How long will it take?

    1 - 4 years depending on the qualification your student is getting.

    Apprenticeships are "competency based" which means your student can complete there training sooner if they get to the required skill level more quickly than usual.

  • How much do apprentices get paid?

    Australian apprentices are usually employed under a federal or state award or agreement. Apprentices will be paid a trainee or apprentice wage that takes into account the cost of training and the value of the work completed. They'll be earning while they're learning.

    In addition, Australian apprentices have the same rights to superannuation, workers compensation and other entitlements or requirements as other workers in Australia. If you have any queries, get in contact with your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre.

  • My student is still at school, how can they get started now?

    This is a great way to enter the construction industry and start ahead of the pack on a steady career path.

    Apprenticeships can be commenced while students are still finishing high school, they can start training for a qualification and earn a wage. It's called an Australian School-based Apprenticeship. Find out more

  • Is an apprenticeship secure?

    An apprenticeship is protected by a formal agreement. The employer and the apprentice sign a training contract, which sets out the legal obligations of the employer and the apprentice over the course of the apprenticeship. The contract is from the Australian Apprenticeships Centre.

  • Are apprenticeships popular?

    In May 2013, there were 198,400 people aged 15 - 64 years who were employed as apprentices or trainees and part of the Australian Apprenticeship Scheme*. Of these, 96,200 people (48%) had commenced their apprenticeship or traineeship in the last 12 months*. The majority of apprentices or trainees were male (81%)*. The highest number of apprentices and trainees were working in the construction industry (71,300)*.

    *Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

  • What is a Traineeship?

    A traineeship is a way in which you combine employment and training in order to gain a nationally recognised qualification.