What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?

iStock_000031285918_Double.pngAn Australian Apprenticeship, commonly known as an apprenticeship or traineeship, is a learning pathway that combines paid on-the-job training and formal study with a Registered Training Organisation. It’s a great way to gain a nationally recognised qualification. Earn while you learn! 

As an apprentice or trainee you will finish your higher-learning journey equipped with practical skills AND a formal education. This powerful combination of theoretical and hands-on experience is prized by employers across many industries and professions. Did you know the Australian Government may even provide you with funding and other benefits  to assist with the costs incurred whilst you are undertaking your training?

There are more than 500 occupations that offer apprenticeship and traineeship pathways, ranging from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma levels, including traditional trades and a number of emerging occupations in most other sectors of business and industry.

Who is eligible?

You can undertake an Australian Apprenticeship as a school leaver, if you’re re-entering the workforce and if you are an adult simply looking at a career change. You can even begin an Australian Apprenticeship while finishing secondary school under a School-based Apprenticeship arrangement

You may elect to study full-time, part-time, or a combination of both - earning and learning as you go!

How flexible is that?



An apprenticeship is a structured training arrangement of usually 3.5 or four years duration. The training combines practical experience at work with complementary off-the-job training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

On successful completion you are issued with a nationally-recognised qualification and the on-the-job skills which are highly regarded by many employers.


A traineeship is a training agreement between the trainee and their respective employer whereby the employer agrees to train the trainee in a specific industry, and the trainee agrees to work and learn.

Traineeships are available for people of all ages and usually last between nine to 48 months, depending on the vocation and certificate level undertaken.

For more information on how to get started call Apprenticeship Support Australia on 1300 363 831.