Apprenticeships and Traineeships

What are they?
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine paid work and structured training. They allow you to learn a trade or workplace skill and receive a nationally accredited qualification.

Apprenticeships usually last three or four years and cover traditional trades such as carpentry, electrical, hairdressing and plumbing.

Traineeships usually last one or two years and provide training in newer vocational areas not usually covered by apprenticeships. Traineeships are available for a wide range of careers in most sectors of business and industry.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be undertaken either full-time or part-time, and include:
– Paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement
– A training agreement between the employer and apprentice or trainee which is registered with the NSW Department of Industry.
– Structured on-the-job training.
– A training program, delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (such as Central Coast Community College), through which you will gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Who can become an apprentice or trainee?
Apprenticeships and traineeships are available to anyone of working age. You can be a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers. You do not need to have the Higher School Certificate or another qualification.

How do I become an apprentice or trainee?
You’ll need to find an employer with a vacancy or interest in taking on apprentices or trainees. The Australian Apprenticeships Centre, Centrelink or your local employment agency will be able to provide you with details of employers like this.

More information
For more information about apprenticeships and traineeships, visit:
– The Australian Apprenticeships website to find out how to become an apprentice or trainee.
– The State Training Services website for information to help you with on-the-job training, your employer, rules and regulations, job descriptions, competencies, trade certificates and more.