Who can be an apprentice or trainee?

Types of apprentices

When you think about apprenticeships and traineeships, you probably think they're for someone just out of school ÔÇô but these days, apprenticeships and traineeships can also be undertaken by high school students, as well as adult and mature-aged workers. Let's check out your options!


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    Still in high school

    As an Australian School-based Apprentice (AS-bA), you'll get to kickstart your career while you're still at school.

    You'll╠řundertake╠řpaid part-time work and formal training while completing your secondary schooling╠ř(generally while in years 10-12).

    You can either finish your training while you're at school or continue your apprenticeship/traineeship with your employer once you've completed secondary school.╠ř

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    Under 21 and no longer at school

    If you're a╠řschool-leaver╠řor entering the workforce for the first time, and you're up to the age of 21, you're an apprentice or trainee. Generally, you'll be working╠řfull-time, combining on-the-job training with formal study through a Registered Training Organisation. ItÔÇÖs a great way to gain a nationally accredited qualification and earn a real wage!

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    Between 21-44

    Adult Australian Apprentices are aged 21-44 and are usually looking to╠řchange their career path or re-enter the workforce after a period of absence╠ř(travel, starting a family, etc.).

    If you're an adult apprentice and you're undertaking a Certificate III or IV level qualification that leads to an occupation on the National Skills Needs List () you may be eligible to attract the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) incentive. This is╠řpaid to your employer and is a great motivator for businesses to take on adult apprentices! Your potential employer can find out what that means╠řhere.

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    Aged 45 and over

    Aged 45 and over and wanting to formalise the skills you've gained throughout your working life? You're considered a mature-aged apprentice or trainee.╠řAs a mature-aged apprentice or trainee,╠řwe know you can add value to your workplace through low absenteeism, business knowledge from your previous life and work experience PLUS a strong work ethic.

    To encourage more employers to╠řassist╠řmature-aged workers in re-entering the workforce, transferring industries and training for a new vocation through an Australian Apprenticeship, potential Government financial incentives are available. We explain that in more detail╠řhere.