Apprenticeships and traineeships combine practical experience at work with structured training. As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer that leads to a nationally recognised qualification.You spend most of the time in paid employment, learning practical skills on the job and putting them into practice. The rest of the time is spent in training at a registered training organisation such as a TAFE or private provider. The training requirements are part of your training plan which is negotiated between your employer, you and your training provider.
Apprenticeships and traineeships are competency based. This means you can complete your training earlier if you can show you have reached the skill levels required for your industry. People of all ages can undertake apprenticeships and traineeships. Most can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis and many can be started at school.
Further information on apprenticeships and traineeships Nationally and in WA can be found at the following links.
What is the Difference between Apprenticeships and Traineeships?
Apprenticeships are generally in traditional technical trades like printing, bricklaying or cabinetmaking. Traineeships are usually in non-trade areas such as hospitality, sport and recreation, Information Communications Technology, business, manufacturing and health.
What is a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship?
A school based apprenticeship or traineeship provides an opportunity for full time secondary school students to begin preparing themselves for a career. They are a way for students to develop skills while being paid. A school based apprenticeship or traineeship allows a student to work towards secondary graduation and an industry recognised qualification leading to career and employment opportunities as well as enhancing enterprise skills.
Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASNs)
Australian Apprenticeships Support Network are contracted by the Australian Government to provide one-stop shops for those seeking to hire Australian Apprentices or to take up an Australian Apprenticeship as a career path.