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Apprenticeships and Traineeships give you job-specific skills that could set you up for life 

Combine work & training in a structured program that gets results

Apprenticeships are jobs that combine work and structured training. They can be full time, part time, or school based, and although they vary from one industry to another, apprenticeships include:

Paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement (for example, an award or enterprise agreement)

A Training Contract that is signed by both the employer and apprentice and registered with your states Department of Industry or Department of Education and Training

A qualification, delivered by a TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation, that meets the requirements of a declared apprenticeship in your state and leads to a nationally recognised qualification

where to start

Find the right apprenticeship

Apprenticeships generally last four years and cover traditional trade areas such as: building and construction; hairdressing; cooking; the automotive industry; engineering and manufacturing.

From Australian Apprenticeships:

“You do not need a secondary school certificate or other qualification to be able to do an Australian Apprenticeship.

“You can do an Australian Apprenticeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker simply wishing to change careers. You can even begin your Australian Apprenticeship while you’re still at school finishing Years 11 and 12.

“Australian Apprenticeships offer opportunities for you to train, study and earn an income at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations as well as in traditional trades.

“When you finish your Australian Apprenticeship, you will have a nationally recognised qualification that can take you anywhere in Australia and one that is held in high regard in many overseas countries as well.”

What’s the difference?

Traineeships vs Apprenticeships

Traineeships, like Apprenticeships are jobs that combine work with structured on and off-the-job training.


There are over 600 traineeship vocations introduced to provide employment and training opportunities in a range of areas, including: multimedia; information technology; sport and recreation; hospitality; retail and primary industries.

Traineeships traditionally cover a much wider range of occupations than apprenticeships, however the training is generally shorter, lasting between one and two years.

Work types

It's your choice

You have a few options if you’re considering a traineeship or apprenticeship, but be aware that you may be limited by what jobs are available in your area. 

Full Time

Employers are responsible for all Trainee on-the-job training. Together with the Trainee, Employers are able to choose a training provider for the off-the job training and determine a flexible training plan to suit business needs.

Part Time

Under this arrangement the Trainee receives a guaranteed pattern of work with a minimum number of hours of on and off-the-job training per week.

School Based

You will be completing high school as well as obtaining your traineeship. The traineeships you can obtain under this scheme are among the most popular on offer.

Find a role

Group Training Organisations

Group Training Companies are organisations set up to create apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities. GTOs operate across Australia. Group training organisations employ you as their apprentice or trainee and then host you out to employers where you gain on-job experience and training.

Some specialise in servicing particular industries, while others may cater for an entire region, covering many industries. GTOs are Australia’s leading employers of Apprentices and Trainees.

A GTO will:

  • monitor your progress and offer support throughout the term of your Apprenticeship or Traineeship
  • ‘host’ you out to a ‘host employer’ for your on-job training
  • organise your off-the-job training with TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation
  • look after all your wages, worker’s compensation and other employee benefits

A host employer is one willing to take you on for a given period but who may not wish to commit to the full term that most apprenticeships and traineeships require. As a GTO apprentice or trainee:

  • you may find yourself working and learning under several host employers, or
  • you could find yourself working and learning under one host employer for the whole term of your apprenticeship
  • you’ll get the same range of on-job and off-job experiences as any other apprentice or trainee
  • you’ll be paid the appropriate wage by the GTO
  • you’ll be assigned a field officer who will visit you regularly to make sure things are going well with your host employer

What’s the next step?

  1. Select a Group Training Organisation.
  2. Visit an individual GTO’s website and learn about their intake schedule and recruitment process.
  3. Apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship with a GTO. All GTOs’ employ their apprentices and trainees the same way as a normal employer, via an application and selection process.

You can find a huge number of apprenticeship providers here at Australian Apprenticeships Pathways.


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