Australian Apprenticeships - FAQs

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What is an Australian Apprenticeship?

Australian Apprenticeships (often referred to as apprenticeships or traineeships) are a great way to earn an income while learning new skills and they are available to anyone of working age (15-64 years).

What are the benefits of apprenticeships or traineeships?

With an Australian Apprenticeship you can:

  • earn an income while you study and gain hands-on work experience
  • have a nationally recognised qualification on completion that can take you anywhere in Australia and one that is held in high regard in many overseas countries as well.
  • be debt free (no HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP debt).

You can even begin your Australian Apprenticeship while you're still at school.

How much does it pay?

As an Australian Apprentice you would usually be employed under a federal or state award or agreement. The wage varies depending on a number of factors including which year of training you are in, the type of Australian Apprenticeship you are doing and the industry or occupation. You will also have the same rights to superannuation, workers’ compensation and other entitlements or requirements as all other workers in Australia.

What kind of occupations do apprenticeships and traineeships cover?

Employers can offer Australian Apprenticeships in many different occupations, from traditional trades like plumbing and carpentry right through to traineeships in business administration and warehousing.

More than 500 occupations are available as Australian Apprenticeships and in a variety of certificate levels, so chances are there’ll be one that matches your interests.

How long does an Australian Apprenticeship take?

  • An Australian Apprenticeship can take from one to four years to complete, depending on whether it is an apprenticeship or traineeship and the qualification you undertake.
  • Australian Apprenticeships are ‘competency based’ which means you can complete your training sooner if you get to the required skill levels more quickly than usual.
  • You may be granted course credits for any prior workplace experience or skills you already have, potentially reducing your formal training time.
  • Training pathways and durations are set by state or territory governments in consultation with industry.

Need more information?

Check out the Apprenticeships and traineeships video from the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Read the 'Reasons employers hire an apprentice or trainee’ fact sheet available on the Australian Government's Labour Market Information Portal's Recruitment Analysis page.

Download the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways App to find out more about apprenticeships and traineeships in occupations that interest you.

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