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What are apprenticeships / traineeships?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are employment-based training arrangements where an apprentice or trainee has the opportunity to combine employment with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

All apprentices and trainees are referred to as 'Australian Apprentices', a term that covers all apprenticeships and traineeships.
Traineeships and apprenticeships are the best way to combine training and employment and they can lead to a nationally recognised qualification. They are available to anyone of working age and do not require any entry qualifications.

Apprenticeships and traineeships offer a great way to get a head start in a chosen career through paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. Existing skills and prior experience are recognised and course credit granted, potentially reducing formal training time.

Competency-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow for the training contract to be completed on successfully achieving the nominated qualification. This leads to a nationally recognised qualification and skills within your chosen occupation.

Across Australia there are more than 500 apprenticeships and traineeships available in a variety of occupations, in traditional trades as well as a diverse range of careers in most sectors of business and industry, including:

  • Agriculture, horticulture and related industries
  • Automotive Process
  • Building and Construction
  • Business services
  • Finance services
  • Food 
  • Hairdressing
  • Community services and health
  • Information technology
  • Light manufacturing
  • Local government
  • Metals and Engineering
  • Printing
  • manufacturing
  • Property services
  • Public Services
  • Retail
  • Seafood
  • Sport and recreation
  • Telecommunications
  • Tourism
  • Transport and distribution
  • Utilities and energy

Types of apprenticeships and traineeships

In Tasmania, an apprenticeship is generally up to four years, and most traineeships are 12 to 24 months. The approved apprenticeships/traineeships in Tasmania lists all available funded, non-funded and school-based apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications in Tasmania.

To search on apprenticeships and traineeships that cater to particular industries or occupation types, visit the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.

School-based apprenticeships/traineeships are another alternative, which have been designed to allow young people to commence employment based training while completing year 10, 11 and 12 of their education.

Trainee/Apprentice Guides and further information

The Guide for Apprentices and Trainees and Employer's Guide to Traineeships and Apprenticeships are induction booklets that all new apprentices/trainees (or employers of) receive when they commence their training contract. It outlines the role and obligations of the apprentice/trainee and their employer under that training contract, and it's also a handy book for them to refer to during the course of the apprenticeship/traineeship.

If you would like a copy of either guide you can view the following PDF versions: