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What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships give you the chance to learn real skills in the workplace, earn a nationally-recognised qualification and be paid a wage which rises as you progress through training.

You’ll enter into a training contract with an employer and a training provider that will allow you to combine hands-on training in the workplace with off-job study.

The term apprenticeship can refer to an apprenticeship or a traineeship. So what’s the difference?

  • You can complete an apprenticeship in 3 to 4 years in areas including the trades, cooking and horticulture. When you complete an apprenticeship, you become a qualified tradesperson.
  • You can complete a traineeship in 1 to 2 years in areas including business, community health, child care and financial services. When you complete a traineeship, you get a minimum of a Certificate II qualification.

Get a career that can take you places

Apprenticeships open the door to hundreds of careers. Our fastest growing industries have a high demand for skilled workers, and they’re looking for people like you now.

If you’re good at hands-on learning and you want to develop practical and technical skills on the job - and get paid while you get qualified - an apprenticeship is for you.

As an apprentice, you'll:

  • learn real skills in the workplace
  • gain nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications
  • earn a wage while you learn
  • develop skills required by industry
  • put everything you learn straight to work.

Apprenticeships are generally entry-level roles, allowing you to get your foot in the door and learn from experienced mentors as you develop your skills on the job.

Jazmyn helps people in need

As the Client Services Officer at Relationships Australia, Jazmyn is the first point of contact for clients that are in need.

Jazmyn says learning on the job was a lot different to being at school or being at uni, and she'd recommend a traineeship to anyone.

What do I need to know?

If you need help at any stage, you can chat with us online now or call us on 1800 673 097.

We’re also here to help you explore the options available to keep you earning and learning during COVID-19. For more information, see helping you through COVID-19.

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