Apprenticeships and Traineeships

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a training contract between an employer and an employee in which the apprentice or trainee learns the skills needed for a particular occupation or trade.


An apprenticeship or traineeship can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis and can be used as a valuable stepping stone to start a career in an industry you want to work in.

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based. The majority of training is offered through TAFE institutes.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are the best way to combine training and employment and they can lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Anyone of working age can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship available to anyone of working age and do not require any entry qualifications. They 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;
  • represent ‘Competency based’ training which means individuals 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. They are available as full-time or part-time, 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; and
  • are also an important pathway from school to work.

You can learn more about apprenticeships and traineeships from or by downloading:
Your Guide to an Apprenticeship: Earn while you learn (PDF, 2760.8 KB)