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Apprenticeship and Traineeships

How our members support training


Our members are Group Training Organisations and employers that are highly trained, supportive businesses dedicated to employing apprentices and trainees under an Apprenticeship or Traineeship Training Contract. Their job is to not only deliver industry leading training under the guidance of AEN, but also connect host employers for the course of an apprenticeship.​

​​The difference between apprenticeships and traineeships

An apprenticeship is a trade-based qualification that usually takes three to four years to complete, full time. A traineeship is typically a non-trade qualification that takes between one to two years to complete, full time. Both are nationally recognised employment-based qualifications that may be undertaken either full-time, part-time or as a school-based option.


There are hundreds of qualifications available, ranging from Certificate II courses up to Diplomas. Despite being enrolled in a course that encompasses high-quality training, individuals completing an apprenticeship or traineeship are also employees and must be paid under a relevant industry award rate or via another industrial instrument.

Whatever option you choose, upon enrolment, a formal training contract must be signed by the student and their employer which is then administered by an Apprenticeship Centre (AASN). Following this process, a nominated Registered Training Organisation (RTO) will deliver the off-the-job training. The employer is responsible for paying the student, providing a suitably qualified supervisor and managing the on-the-job competencies through to completion.


In many cases, State and Federal governments provide funding to the employer and the RTO to assist with the costs of employment and training.  There may also be subsidies or incentives available to the student including trade support loans for certain skills-shortage occupations, wage subsidies, travel assistance and Low Income Health Care Cards.


Apprenticeships and Traineeships are a great way establish yourself in an industry or organisation, gain an employment-based qualification and to earn while you learn.

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Benefits of completing an apprenticeship or traineeship through a GTO:

  • Provide the opportunity to study and earn an income while undertaking a qualification

  • Can be undertaken by anyone of working age

  • They give you the chance to learn new skills while getting paid in more than 500 careers and jobs

  • They can be completed full-time, part-time or while you’re at school

  • GTOs provide support with continuity of employment and training through to completion

  • They provide a range of training with different hosts to gain as much experience as possible

Interested in an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

Visit our Members Page here to find a GTO for Apprenticeship or Traineeship opportunies in your region. Our Members are always eager to hear from you and support you in your journey.

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