About apprenticeships and traineeships

About apprenticeships and traineeships

What are they?

Australian Apprenticeships are the best way to combine training and employment and lead to a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are jobs that combine paid work and structured training. They involve paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement (for example, an award or enterprise agreement) and nationally recognised training.

Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age and do not require any entry qualifications. You can be a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or simply wishing to change careers.

Australian Apprenticeships offer:

  • a great way to get a head start in a chosen career
  • paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both
  • ‘competency based’ which means you can complete your training faster if you reach the required skills level
  • existing skills and prior experience are recognised and course credit granted, potentially reducing formal training time. Available as full-time or part-time, also available part-time in many schools.
  • pathways to nationally recognised qualifications and skills which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of your working life
  • a pathway from school to work.

Who is involved?

  • an employer
  • you, the apprentice or trainee
  • MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre (AAC): for registration, eligibility and payment of government incentives
  • a Registered Training Organisation (RTO): to deliver training, conduct assessments, issue qualifications
    (traineeships only)
  • State Training Authority: the State Government body which is responsible for registration of your Australian Apprenticeship
  • your school – if you are doing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

The difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship

Over 500 traineeship and apprenticeship vocations are available in a range of areas.

Traineeships generally take between twelve to twenty four months to complete and include skills such as Business, Retail, Community Health, Child Care, Financial Services and many more.

Apprenticeships generally last between thirty six to forty eight months and cover trade areas such as Building and Construction, Horticulture, Cooking, the Automotive industry, Engineering, Manufacturing and many more.

Where do you start?

The first step is to research the area or areas you’re interested in working. To find out which career is for you, visit http://www.myfuture.edu.au/

Then you will need to find an employer in the field that you want. There are two ways to do this:

  • approach a Group Training Organisation (also known as a Group Employment Organisation) who would employ you and place you with either one or a number of host employers or
  • find an employer who is willing to offer you a Australian Apprenticeship in your chosen field. This is called direct employment.

Visit the MEGT jobs site to look for vacancies. [LINK]

Once you’ve organised an employer, you will need to discuss training and employment conditions with them.

Your new boss will make an appointment with MEGT’s Australian Apprenticeships Centre, who will visit you and your boss to explain the training and paperwork required.

You, your boss and the training provider will discuss and sign a Training Contract.

After that you are on your way to becoming competent in a range of skills and of gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

Call your local MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre on

13 6348 [LARGER FONT]


Information pack

National Code of Good Practice for Australian Apprenticeships [LINK TO DOCUMENT]

Australian Apprenticeships Contact Program [LINK TO DOCUMENT]

About Australian Apprenticeships[LINK TO DOCUMENT]

An Australian Apprenticeship – A Great Career Option[LINK TO DOCUMENT]



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