A person who is already employed by a company can become an apprentice or trainee. For example, if they are currently employed as a trades assistant and wanted to become a tradesperson, they could enter into an apprenticeship or traineeship to learn the skills that would help them gain a qualification to work in their chosen occupation. An existing employee may even be able to reduce the length of their apprenticeship or traineeship by receiving credit for existing skills or knowledge (see Skills recognition).
Employers who move existing employees into an apprenticeship or traineeship may be eligible for Australian Government incentives. More information can be found on the Incentives and subsidies for apprentices/trainees and their employers page.
An existing worker who signs into an apprenticeship or traineeship often possesses experience in the industry or has relevant skills gained throughout their career and working life.
The registered training organisation (RTO) nominated to provide the training and assessment for an apprentice or trainee will take this experience into account so that any existing skills relevant to the training are recognised. This means that existing workers who already possess skills do not need to retrain in areas where they are already competent. This will often mean that existing workers can complete their training much quicker.