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Australian Apprenticeships (also known as apprenticeships & traineeships) are an important learning pathway for young people!

They are a great career option.

They combine practical work with structured training. You get a nationally recognised qualification. ANd you get the experience you need to obtain the job you want.

Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships are available at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations. This includes traditional trades and a wide range of emerging industry sectors. They are offered in the following industries:

Automotive and Boating – Building, Service and Repair; Building and Construction; Building Maintenance, Cleaning and Security; Business, Clerical and Financial Services; Electrical,; Electronics and Utilities; Entertainment, Arts, Museums and Libraries; Food and Wine Processing; Gardening, Farming, Animals, Fishing and Environment; Government, Schools, Public Safety and Corrections; Health, Care and Community Services; Hospitality, Travel and Tourism; Information Technology, Graphic Arts and Telecommunications; Manufacturing, Printing, Furnishing, Clothing, Textiles and Footwear; Metal and Engineering; Resources, Drilling, Mining and Processing; Retail, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service; Sport, Fitness, Recreation, Hairdressing, Beauty and Personal Services; Transport, Drivers, Air, Sea and Rail Transport, Logistics and Warehousing.

Training is flexible and can be on the job, off the job or a combination. Off the job training is usually done by an approved TAFE or private provider.

The minimum age to start is 15 years of age. There is no maximum age limit.

Australian Apprenticeships are mainly used by employers as a method for training new employees. They can also be used as a way to increase the skills of existing employees.

Don’t wait to leave school to get started! Australian School-based Apprenticeships are available at many schools. This gives students an option of starting their training while still at school.


Apprenticeships normally last three to four years.

Apprenticeship positions are often full-time but are sometimes offered part-time.

They are usually offered in the traditional trade industries shown below:

Aircraft Engineering; Automotive; Boating; Bricklaying & Stonemasonry; Carpentry, Cabinet Making, Joinery & related occupations; Communications; Cook, Chef, Baker, Butcher & related occupations; Electrical; Electronics; Engineering & Metals; Flooring, Carpet Laying and Upholstery; Gardening, Horticulture & related occupations; Hairdressing; Painting & Decorating, Tiling & Glazing; Plastering; Plumbing & Gasfitting; Printing; Sign Writing


Traineeships normally last one to two years.

They are most often in non-trade areas such as hospitality, retail, information technology and business administration.

Traineeships may be full-time or part-time.


A pre-apprenticeship is a pathway into an Australian Apprenticeship that can kick-start your career in your chosen industry. They give you the opportunity to experience a working environment, gain practical experience and develop your skills. Completing this means you can see if you enjoy working in a certain industry, which can help you to make career and training decisions.

A pre-apprenticeship combines on-campus or school study with practical on-the-job training. You can study one while you are still at school. A pre-apprenticeship is usually shorter and at a lower qualification level than an apprenticeship. They can give you credit towards an Australian Apprenticeship. This can give you a competitive advantage when you are looking for employers to take you on as an apprentice.

Check out the Pre-apprenticeships Course Finder by State and Territory.


Australian Apprenticeship Pathways

The Australian Apprenticeship Pathways website provides LOTS of detailed info about apprenticeships and traineeships.

It’s VERY much worth visiting 🙂

Australian Apprenticeship Pathways
Australian Apprenticeship Pathways

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