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Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to combine training with work, enabling you to work while you complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification.

To gain an apprenticeship or traineeship you would normally apply to take a job as an apprentice or trainee, and your employer would work with a training provider to ensure you are trained.

1The role of Australian Apprentice Support Network (AASN) Providers

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Providers provide free information, advice and support to employers, apprentices and trainees about apprenticeships and traineeships. They are contracted by the Australian Government as part of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.

Services they provide include:

  • Information and guidance on how to become an apprentice or trainee, or recruit one
  • Providing advice to employers, apprentices and trainees on qualifications available
  • How to complete and lodge the training contract
  • Determining your eligibility for Australian Government incentives
  • Processing Australian Government incentive payments to employers, apprentices and trainees (where applicable)
  • Monitoring the progress of the apprenticeship or traineeship.

AASN Providers are also your first point of contact for free and confidential advice if you are part of a training contract and are experiencing any problems or issues with the apprenticeship or traineeship.

Skills Tasmania also offer a Workforce Training Consultancy service for learners or employers seeking advice and assistance.

AASN Providers operating in Tasmania

There are two AASN Providers located in Tasmania:

Other AASN Providers may provide services to national employers. Check the Australian Apprenticeships website if the AASN Provider you are looking for is not listed above.

Need further information?

If you experiencing an issue with your AASN Provider or your apprenticeship or traineeship is at risk, please contact a Workforce Training Consultant.

2What are apprenticeships and traineeships?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are best described as an employee who learns on the job with guidance from a mentor or manager, and undertakes classroom learning delivered by a training organisation. It is a three-way partnership formalised through a training contract.

An apprentice or trainee has the opportunity to combine employment with training, working toward a nationally recognised qualification, whilst also earning money. In short, it is learning pathway that combines paid on-the-job training and formal learning with a Registered Training Organisation.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are common in trades and industries such as hairdressing and hospitality but it is possible to do both across a range of industries.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship as a school leaver, if you’re re-entering the workforce and if you are an adult simply looking at a career change. You can even begin an apprenticeship or traineeship in secondary school under a school-based apprenticeship arrangement.

The apprenticeship or traineeship is established when you and your employer agree to and sign a national training contract.

The approved apprenticeships/traineeships in Tasmania list details which courses are approved to be delivered in Tasmania for each type of apprenticeship and traineeship.

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

What is the difference between an apprenticeship and traineeship?

Generally speaking, courses in traditional vocational training areas, such as carpentry, construction or hairdressing, are apprenticeships, and those in non-traditional areas are traineeships – good examples are aged care and retail.

Both are nationally recognised training, and both form part of the Australian Qualifications Framework. A traineeship is essentially just a more recent offering that came about when vocational education and training expanded to be broader than traditional vocational training areas.

In both cases, what you are required to learn is detailed in a training package, which is endorsed by the relevant industry.

If you are really keen to tell the difference, the nominal duration of the qualification is a good indicator - Apprenticeships generally have a full-time nominal duration of up to four years, whilst most traineeships are 12‑24 months. Nominal duration of each qualification is also listed in the Approved apprenticeships/traineeships in Tasmania list.

3I want to be an apprentice or trainee

Good decision.  An apprenticeship or traineeship is a learning pathway that combines paid on-the-job training and formal training with a Registered Training Organisation. It provides an opportunity for people in a job to work toward a qualification, whilst also earning money through their employment.

Finding an apprenticeship or traineeship is as much about finding a job in an area you want to work in, as it is about the training. Find out what qualifications are available through an apprenticeship or traineeship in your area of interest.

You can also find out what courses are available as an apprenticeship or traineeship in the industry that you have chosen by browsing the list of courses approved as an apprenticeship or traineeship in Tasmania.

The following steps outline a path that may lead you to an apprenticeship or traineeship.

1. Think through your career path

Give some thought to what the type of work you are looking for and what industry you might want to work in. Apprenticeships and traineeships are available across almost every industry and role you can think of and are suitable for existing workers that already have a job, as well as new workers to an industry.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can also be undertaken while still at school. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships are designed for young people to commence employment based training while completing year 10, 11 and 12 of schooling.

2. Find an Employer

Once you have an idea of your career path or preferred job you will need to find an employer who is interested in employing you as an apprentice or trainee.

You can do this by looking in the job vacancy ads in your local paper or online, contacting an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provider in your region to assist you with job-matching services, directly contacting employers in the industry you'd like to work in, or contacting a Group Training Organisation (GTO).

Employers will generally require a copy of your resume, so make sure have yours updated and ready to go. A resume generally details your work experience, achievements, school studies, hobbies, career goals and your contact details.

3. Get Started

Once you and your employer are ready to get started with an apprenticeship or traineeship you need to contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provider. The AASN Provider can consider the specifics of your circumstances, provide information about apprenticeships and traineeships, including the conditions you and your employer need to meet, and help you to set it up if you wish to proceed.

They will get you to sign a training contract for a specified duration to formalise your agreement to work and train together. A training contract is a legally binding document that details the roles and responsibilities of both you and your employer. If you are under 18 your parent or guardian must also sign the contract. You can find more information about the training contract here.

You and your employer will also need to choose a registered training organisation (RTO) that will work with you to achieve the qualification. The RTO will deliver your training and assess your achievement of skills, and issue your qualification when you complete the requirements of the course.

4. Proceed

Once you and your employer have completed and signed the training contract with your AASN Provider, your RTO will be asked to confirm they are available to provide you with training and assessment services. Once this is confirmed, your AASN Provider will then lodge your training contract with Skills Tasmania.

Skills Tasmania is the government department that administers all apprenticeships and traineeships and training contracts in Tasmania.

Skills Tasmania will validate the information contained in the training contract and, if correct and complete, the contract will be approved and registered. The training contract must be registered for your apprenticeship or traineeship to be activated.

Your RTO will contact you and your employer to develop a detailed training plan once the training contract is registered. The training plan will help you understand what is expected of you to achieve the qualification by outlining what you learn, where you will learn it, how you will be trained, and how and when you will be assessed.

Now it’s over to you to progress through your training, with the help of your employer and RTO.

Once you have obtained the skills needed to achieve the qualification, your RTO will issue you with your qualification and notify Skills Tasmania of your successful completion.

A great source of information for apprentices and trainees is the Guide for Apprentices and Trainees I PDF 938KB.