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Apprenticeships and traineeships


An apprenticeship involves full-time or part-time work with an employer who provides an opportunity to learn all aspects of a trade.

Training is competency-based, meaning you finish your training once you have reached a certain skill level and you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

Benefits of an apprenticeship

• Earn a wage while you train
• Learn on the job skills combined with off the job training
• Receive a nationally recognised qualification
• Start a valuable step towards a rewarding career.

South Regional TAFE provides training for both trainees and apprentices. Structured training is combined with practical experience formalised in a contract with an employer.​​

What's the difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship?

If someone is interested in traditional technical trades such as bricklaying, automotive, mechanics or hairdressing, it's likely they would consider an apprenticeship. If they are looking at non-trade areas such as business, beauty and health, they would consider a traineeship.

Apprenticeships - usually last three or four years depending on the qualification and cover 'traditional' trades such as carpentry, electrical, automotive, engineering, hairdressing and plumbing. Once you have successfully completed your training, you will become a qualified tradesperson.

Traineeships – usually last one or two years and provide training in vocational areas not usually covered by apprenticeships. Traineeships are available across a diverse range of emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry.  Once you have successfully completed your training, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification.

Who can apply?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are open to women and men of all ages, and even school students have the opportunity to start an apprenticeship or traineeship while at school through a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.  This program allows you to get a head start on future training before you graduate.

How does it work?

The first step to becoming an apprentice or trainee is to find a career path that suits you, information is available of the Jobs and Skills Website

Talk to an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider, who may be able to assist you to find an apprenticeship, or, alternatively you can go out and find an employer yourself through job adverts or contacting employers yourself.  Once you’ve found an apprenticeship or traineeship opportunity with an employer, they can contact an AASN provider to get things started.