Apprenticeships & Traineeships

What are apprenticeships and traineeships?

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine paid work and structured training. They allow you to learn a trade or workplace skill and also receive a nationally accredited qualification.

Apprenticeships – Usually last three or four years and cover 'traditional' trades such as carpentry, electrical, hairdressing and plumbing.

Traineeships – Usually last one or two years and provide training in vocational areas not usually covered by apprenticeships. Traineeships are available across a diverse range of emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be undertaken either full-time or part-time.
Apprenticeships and traineeships include:
  • Paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement
  • A training agreement between the employer and apprentice or trainee which is registered with the NSW Department of Education and Communities
  • Structured on-the-job training
  • A training program, delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (such as TAFE), through which you will gain a nationally recognised qualification.