An apprenticeship or traineeship will give you a nationally recognised qualification and skills that will provide the basis for further training as your career progresses. Other benefits of an apprenticeship include:
- A great way to get a head start in your chosen field
- A combination of training that can be done on the job, off the job or a combination of both
- A pathway from school to work, or a fresh start if you are re-entering the workforce or wanting to take a different direction
- ‘Competency based’ training, which means that you complete the training sooner if you reach the desired skill level
- A chance to earn some money while learning important skills
As an apprentice or trainee, you and your employer have a legal agreement called a training contract. This lasts until you have completed your training and both you and your employer agree you are competent. A training contract cannot be terminated without the mutual agreement of both you and your employer.
You’ll learn on the job (on-job) under your supervisor at your place of work, as well as off-job with a training provider in order to complete your nationally recognised qualification. Some traineeships may offer training entirely in the workplace.
They’re both great opportunities, but what are the differences between an apprenticeship and traineeship, and what is the best option for you?
How an apprenticeship works
An apprenticeship is the time spent learning a skilled trade under a qualified tradesperson.
You can start the process of becoming an apprentice at any time, if you’re at school, just out of school, already working or unemployed.
The government and your employer may subsidise your off-job training component, meaning you pay little or nothing towards course fees.
How a traineeship works
A traineeship is the time spent learning a job (or vocation) under a supervisor. You can do a traineeship in just about any workplace, for example in a shop, a fast food outlet or office.
After finishing your traineeship you will gain a minimum qualification at a Certificate II level. The government and your employer may subsidise your off-job training component, meaning you pay little or nothing towards course fees.