Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Australian Apprenticeships (apprenticeships and traineeships) are an important part of VET. Gaining a VET qualification through an Australian Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to train, study and earn an income at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations. Australian Apprenticeships combine time at work with training, and can be full-time, part-time or school based.

Apprenticeship & Traineeships are jobs that combine work and structured training. Although they vary from one industry to another, traineeships/apprenticeship include:

  • Earn while you Learn
  • 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 employee (trainee) and registered with the respective State and Territories – Department of Education agencies. The only exceptions to this rule are trainee apprentices
  • A qualification, delivered by a Registered Training Organization (RTO), that meets the requirements of a declared traineeship in respective States and Territories and leads to a nationally recognized qualification
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How have Traineeships changed?

During the past few years, a number of significant improvements have been made to the traineeship system to make training more flexible. For example, some traineeships in ACT can now be:

  • Delivered completely in the workplace
  • Customized to meet the needs of employers
  • Offered to existing workers (workers currently in the workforce)
  • Established in new industries and at higher qualification levels
  • Easily linked to further vocational education and training and university studies
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What areas are Traineeships available in?

There are more than 100 traineeship vocations available in respective States and Territories. Traineeships generally last two years and cover traditional trade areas such as building and construction, hairdressing, cooking, the hospitality, business, office administration, finance. 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. All traineeships (designated by the Commissioner for Vocational Training under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001) are recognized trade vocations and recognized traineeship vocations respectively under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001.

What types of traineeships are available?

There are two categories of traineeships available:

  • New Entrant Traineeships. New employees who have been employed for less than 3 months full-time and 12 months part-time, or we can assist the organization to find a new employee
  • Existing Worker Traineeships. For existing employees who have been employed longer than 3 months full-time or 12 months part-time

These Government funded Traineeships are offered to people employed on a full-time or part time basis (casual employees are not eligible for the government funding). School based parttime traineeships are a recent introduction and allow school students to undertake a traineeship in conjunction with their HSC studies.

 
Your Career Pathway to Success

If you’re looking for a career and not just a job, why not think about a traineeship / apprenticeship? Traineeships combine work with training so you can earn as you learn. AAAS provides traineeship services for organizations who either currently have:

  • An employee or employees working within their organization who are interested in undertaking a traineeship
  • We can assist the organization to employ a new trainee
 
Benefits

As a trainee, you get:

  • Employment
  • Training
  • Ongoing advice and support
  • Financial assistance and
  • Nationally recognized qualifications that lead to a CAREER and PATHWAYS to other opportunities
 
Training

Work based training for traineeships and apprenticeships are provided by your employer at your workplace. Additional structured qualification training is delivered by a registered training organization (such as AAAS) which is registered with the ACT Government. This training may be delivered off the job or in the workplace. The ACT Government subsidizes the cost of this training for approved new entrant and existing worker trainees. ACT Government subsidised training is only available for Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents and other approved visa categories. For any further information please contact one of our Training Coordinators at 1300 754 557.

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