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What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to:

  • Build practical skills in your industry
  • Participate in training that is delivered in both a classroom and workplace environment
  • Gain a recognised qualification as the basis of further education
  • Earn a wage as you learn.

Are there different types of apprenticeships?

There are different types of apprenticeships available to help people start a new career or build on an existing one:

  • School-based apprenticeships can be started and even completed while still at school and can form part of a student’s leaving certificate
  • A trade apprenticeship is usually 3 to 4 years long, study can range from Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma level, and wages are generally set by the relevant industry award
  • A non-trade apprenticeship (sometimes called a traineeship) is usually 1 to 2 years long, study can range from Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma level, with wages generally set by the relevant industry award.

A pre-apprenticeship is a course of study that you can take before choosing or starting an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Am I eligible for an Australian Apprenticeship?

Many apprenticeships do not require you to have a secondary school certificate, however entry requirements vary by each state and territory. Additionally, specific employers or industries may ask for a secondary school certificate and/or the completion of a pre-apprenticeship.

Eligibility requirements for starting an Australian Apprenticeship vary by each state and territory. This generally includes minimum age requirements, citizenship requirements and requirements regarding employers.

You can contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provider to ask specific questions about eligibility for an apprenticeship or traineeship based on your individual circumstances.

Can I get financial assistance?

You might be eligible for one or several of the financial support payments available to apprentices, including:

To answer some questions about you and your circumstances in relation to Trade Support Loans and the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program contact your local AASN Provider.

Answer more questions about you and your circumstances at the Services Australia's Payment and Service Finder to find out if you are potentially eligible for a payment provided by Services Australia.