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What is a Traineeship or

An apprenticeship is a trade-based qualification that generally takes three to four years to complete full time, whereas a traineeship is typically a non-trade qualification that takes between one and 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 2 courses up to Diplomas. Despite being enrolled in a course that encompasses high-quality training, individuals completing an apprenticeship or traineeships 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 an excellent way to establish yourself in an industry or organisation, gain an employment-based qualification and earn a living while you learn.

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Further Information


Discover just what career pathways await through Australian Apprenticeship Pathways (AAPathways). Here, you’ll find information and resources to help you find the ideal career option, alongside support and advice for students and job hunters. Additionally, there is a wealth of information for employers looking to recruit apprentices and trainees. AAPathways make it easier than ever to learn about apprenticeships and traineeships.

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