Apprenticeships and Traineeships

  • What is an apprenticeship?

    It is a way to become trained and qualified in your chosen profession. Learn skills from trained professionals while you're studying and get paid while you're learning!

    Things you might not know about apprenticeships:

    • Anyone of working age can do it
    • You don't need a secondary school certificate or previous qualification
    • You can start an apprenticeship even when you're at school
    • You can do it full time or part time
    • It puts you in a great position for a successful career in the construction industry
    • Financial assistance is available for apprentices and trainees
  • What can I be?

    There are over 500 apprenticeships on offer, many of which are in the construction industry.

    Find out what type of work might suit you.

  • What qualification would I get?

    A qualification that is recognised Australia wide.
    Find out more

    Once you've decided which direction would best suit you, there are 10,791 registered training organisations. Search for a training organisation.

  • How long will it take?

    1-4 years depending on the qualification.

    Apprenticeships are competency based, which means you can complete your training sooner if you get to the required skill level more quickly than usual.

  • How much will I get paid as an apprentice?

    Australian apprentices are usually employed under a federal or state award or agreement. You will be paid a trainee or apprentice wage which takes into account the cost of your training and the value of the work you do. You'll be earning while you'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.

  • I'm still at school, how can I get started now?

    This is an awesome way to fast track into the construction industry and set yourself up on a great career path.

    You can start training for a qualification and earn a wage while you're still finishing high school. It's called an Australian School-based Apprenticeship. Find out more

  • Is it 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.

  • Is it 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

  • How do I get started?
    1. Talk to those around you – more often than not family and friends will know someone in the construction industry. First hand information about the industry is invaluable.
    2. Talk to your school career adviser or vocational counsellor – they can access information about your chosen industry and assist you in making the right choice. They can also advise you on things you should consider and how best to prepare.
    3. Undertake some work experience – you may have the opportunity to do this through school or through your own contacts. There may even be school based apprenticeships or traineeships you could undertake through your school.
    4. Visit or research organisations that deal with apprenticeship and traineeships everyday –
    5. Apply directly with an employer offering apprenticeships and traineeships! Start with the ACA members
    6. If you are already employed, talk to your employer – perhaps your current role can be converted into a traineeship or they have alternative roles on offer in the organisation that you could apply for.
    7. Although it is not a prerequisite for employment as an apprentice or traineeship, some applicants like to obtain their White Card. This is obtained by completing a construction induction course. Simply Google White card (and then your state) for training options.
  • What is a Traineeship?

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