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What are my obligations?

As an apprentice, you have an obligation to complete your coursework and attend off-the-job training. Your employer has an obligation to release you from work duties to attend off-the-job training where applicable.

Find more information about your obligations and those of your employer in the National Code of Good Practice for Australian Apprenticeships.

Find out more about your working conditions and pay at the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Can I take an apprenticeship if I have a disability?

Yes! And if you need additional support, the Australian Government provides programs that can help you complete your apprenticeship.

Additional support available for people with disabilities

What if I am still in school?

You can do an apprenticeship while you’re still in school. By doing a school-based apprenticeship, you can earn a wage, get hands-on experience and complete Year 12 all at the same time.

Some school-based apprenticeships can be completed with school graduation, while others may continue beyond your graduation for several years.

Paid employment can take place outside or during school hours (based on your employer’s needs), so you will need to negotiate your attendance at work and training with your school.

If you are still at school discuss Australian Apprenticeships with your career advisors or teachers. Also, you may contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provider who can:

  • help you find an employer and registered training organisation
  • help you discuss the apprenticeship with your school
  • provide a training contract for you and your employer to sign
  • assess you for a Trade Support Loan and any other payment you may be eligible for
  • provide advice and support to you during your apprenticeship.

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Is support available for adult apprentices?

Yes. It is recognised that as people mature their circumstances mature with them, and this sometimes creates barriers to study.

You may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) with your Registered Training Organisation to have your prior learning and experience considered against the completion of an Australian Apprenticeship. 

If you are over the age of 25, employers may be eligible to receive financial support for taking you on as an apprentice through the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices incentive.

What is a pre-apprenticeship, and do I need one?

A pre-apprenticeship is an introductory course that provides a taste of the skills and knowledge required in your occupation of choice.

Pre-apprenticeships are not usually required to start an apprenticeship or traineeship, however employers in some industries prefer to hire candidates who have completed one.

Learn more about pre-apprenticeships

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