What are Apprenticeships and Traineeships?

In Australia, Apprenticeships and Traineeships are known as Australian Apprenticeships and are a combination of training with paid employment – offering recognised qualifications in over 500 occupations. So there’s sure to be one to suit you!


  • The time spent learning a skilled trade under a qualified tradesperson. Apprentices and employers have a legal agreement called a Training Contract
  • Learning is on the job (on-job) under a workplace supervisor, as well as off-job with a training provider
  • After finishing the apprenticeship, the apprentice receives a minimum qualification at a Certificate III or Certificate IV level.
  • Generally last four years.


  • The time spent learning under a suitably qualified supervisor.
  • Learning is on the job (on-job) under a workplace supervisor, as well as off-job with a training provider. In some instances, training may be completely undertaken in the workplace.
  • After finishing the traineeship, the trainee receives a minimum qualification at a Certificate II or Certificate III level.
  • Generally last between one and three years.

What are the benefits of doing an Australian Apprentice?

Australian Apprenticeships offer a range of benefits, they:

  • Are a great way to get a head start in a chosen career
  • Involve paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both
  • In some instances allow for ‘Competency based’ training which means people can complete their training faster when they reach the required skills level
  • Enable existing skills and prior experience to be recognised and course credit granted, potentially reducing formal training time
  • Can be full or part-time and are also available part-time in many schools
  • Lead to nationally recognised qualifications and skills which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of a person’s working life
  • Can be an important pathway from school to work
  • Are available in a variety of certificate levels in more than 500 occupations across Australia, in traditional trades, as well as a diverse range of emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry.