What are apprenticeships and traineeships?

In Australia, apprenticeships and traineeships offer a unique pathway to gain practical skills, earn a salary, and kickstart your career.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are Vocational and Education Training (VET) programs designed to provide people with hands-on experience, skills, and knowledge in a specific industry or trade.

When you take on an apprenticeship or traineeship, youÔÇÖll work either full-time or part-time, while receiving formal training from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

As well as formal training, you'll also benefit from on-the-job training and experience you gain in your workplace ÔÇô earning while you learn!

What is the difference between apprenticeships and traineeships?

Did you know the term 'Australian Apprenticeship' is used to cover both apprenticeships and traineeships. An Australian Apprentice can refer to either an apprentice or trainee. While apprenticeships and traineeships have many things in common, there are differences.


  • Typically take between 3-4 years to complete
  • Combine on-the-job training with formal study (usually 2-3 days a week)
  • Are available in a wide range of trades such as building and construction, commercial cookery, automotive, engineering, manufacturing and more


  • Usually take between 12-24 months to complete
  • May involve part-time or full-time study (depending on the employer)
  • Provide valuable work experience and a chance to build your professional network
  • Are available in services areas such as business, retail, community health, childcare, hair and beauty, financial services and more

What are the main benefits of an apprenticeship or traineeship?

There are many benefits of an apprenticeship or traineeships which can fit your career and lifestyle ideals. These include:

  • Earning a salary while you learn with no HECS or HELP debt
  • Gaining practical skills and experience
  • Developing industry-specific knowledge and certifications
  • Enhancing your employability and career prospects
  • Networking with professionals in your chosen field
  • Having flexible study options to fit your schedule

How can 91╣┘═°help get you started?

Getting started with an apprenticeship or traineeship can be overwhelming, but don't worry, 91╣┘═°is here to guide you through the process.

Choose your industry

Visit , to explore a range of industries, occupations, courses and training providers.

Secure your apprenticeship or traineeship

  • Get prepared to apply with our job seeker toolkit, including resume and cover letter templates
  • Search our Job Board for apprenticeship opportunities that match your skills and interests
  • Prepare for success with our job seeker toolkit, including interview questions and top tips

Assessment, Sign-up and Training Contracts

  • 91╣┘═°will ensure you make the best possible start to your apprenticeship
  • We'll conduct a sign-up appointment with you and your employer to sign your Training Contract
  • 91╣┘═°will help you select the right Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for your training

Start your training

  • Enrol with your chosen RTO and develop a formal Training Plan
  • Start your training and take the next step towards achieving your career goals!

What financial support is available?

The Australian Government offers financial support to eligible apprentices and trainees to help with costs associated with completing their qualification. 91╣┘═°will check your eligibility for potential government financial incentives when you sign up for an apprentice or traineeship. For more information visit our guide.