Apprenticeships & Traineeships

What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?

An Apprenticeship, commonly known as an apprenticeship or traineeship, is a learning pathway that combines paid on-the-job training and formal study with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). It’s a great way to gain a nationally recognised qualification while earning a wage working in under an employment, rather than have to choose one over the other.


An apprenticeship is a structured training arrangement of usually 3.5 or four years duration. The training combines practical experience at work with complementary off-the-job training with a RTO, such as TAFE. On successful completion you are issued with a nationally-recognised qualification and the on-the-job skills which are highly regarded by many employers.


A traineeship is a training agreement between the trainee and their respective employer whereby the employer agrees to train the trainee in a specific industry, and the trainee agrees to work and learn. Traineeships are available for people of all ages and usually last between nine to 48 months.

Did you know the Australian Government may even provide you with funding and other benefits to assist with the costs.

For general information:

Apprenticeship Support Australia
Address:2/54 Tamar Street, Ballina NSW 2478
Freecall:1300 652 236

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