Want to earn while you learn?


There are over 500 occupations available through Australian Apprenticeships, so chances are there’ll be one that matches your interests.

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

Australian Apprentices are usually employed under a federal or state award or agreement. Wages vary depending the year of training, the type of Australian Apprenticeship and the industry or occupation. Apprentices have the same rights to superannuation, workers’ compensation and other entitlements as all other workers in Australia.

What kind of occupations do apprenticeships and traineeships cover?

  • Employers can offer apprenticeships and traineeships in many different occupations. From traditional trades like plumbing and carpentry right through to traineeships in business administration and warehousing.
  • You can even begin your Australian Apprenticeship while you're still at school.

Real Stories: The chef

Stephanie grew up in a family passionate about food. She found out in high school that she could start a school based apprenticeship. That meant she could work in the industry she enjoyed while still finishing high school. 

Watch her story.

How long does an Australian Apprenticeship take?

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

When you finish an Australian Apprenticeship, you will have a nationally recognised qualification. This qualification is valued in many other countries as well.

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