The who, what and why of Australian Apprenticeships

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What are Australian Apprenticeships?

Australian Apprenticeships is the term used to describe all apprenticeships and traineeships.


What’s the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are both competency-based, which focuses on applying learned skills and knowledge in the workplace. Both apprenticeships and traineeships consist of a combination of on-the-job training and off-the-job learning.

Regardless of whether you undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship, if you successfully complete all of the requirements of your training, you will be issued with a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships are undertaken in jobs that require a high level of specific skills and knowledge. Apprenticeships are generally undertaken in trade occupations.

Traineeships can be undertaken to acquire new skills and knowledge, and provide participants with increased opportunity to gain entry into a career field or job.


Can I undertake an Australian Apprenticeship?

Anyone of working age can undertake an Australian Apprenticeship. You can do an Australian Apprenticeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or simply looking for a career change. You can even commence your Australian Apprenticeship while you’re still at school.

Australian Apprenticeships can be undertaken as full-time, part-time or school-based arrangements.


Who is involved in an Australian Apprenticeship?

There are a number of additional stakeholders that work together to support employers and their apprentices and trainees. Each stakeholder provides a unique service throughout the apprenticeship or traineeship. The key stakeholders involved are:

  • Australian Apprentice
  • Employer
  • Parent/Guardian (if the Australian Apprentice is under 18 years of age)
  • Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provide
  • Registered Training Organisation
  • State Training Authority
  • Australian Government Department of Education and Training

Some employers also choose to engage a Group Training Organisation to assist with the employment and management of their apprentices and trainees.


How can I get started in an Australian Apprenticeship?


  • 01 Decide which career pathway suits you best
    Australian Apprenticeships can be undertaken in over 500 occupations, so there’s sure to be one that matches your career goals! If you’re not sure, use our Gateway Service to help identify what career path is best for you
  • 02 Find an employer
    Once you have decided on which Australian Apprenticeship you want to undertake, you will need to find a suitable employer willing to employ you as an Australian Apprentice. You can try finding an employer by:
  • 03 Enter into a Training Contract
    After you and your employer agree to enter into an Australian Apprenticeship, you will need to sign a Training Contract. Training Contracts must be completed by an Apprenticeship Network Provider, such as MRAEL ACE Apprenticeships Centre. An MRAEL Field Officer will assist you and your employer to complete all of the necessary paperwork required for a Training Contract.
  • 04 Select a Training Provider
    You and your employer will need to choose a Registered Training Provider (RTO). RTOs work with Australian Apprentices and their employers to deliver the training and assessment components of your apprenticeship or traineeship. Our Field Officers can assist you and your employer to select the most suitable RTO to meet your individual needs.

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