What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?
Apprenticeships and traineeships are a learning pathway that combines paid on-the-job training and formal learning with a Registered Training Organisation. An apprentice or trainee has the opportunity to combine employment with training, working toward a nationally recognised qualification, whilst also earning money.
You can undertake 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.
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.