Apprenticeships have, for many years, been the traditional way that young people received
training in a broad range of trade areas. This usually involves 4 years of work and
study before becoming fully qualified or licensed in that trade. Apprentices will usually
work on the job with their employer four days per week and receive "off the job training"
1 day per week, usually with an organisation such as TAFE.
More recently we have seen the introduction of Traineeships. These are like Apprenticeships
in that a person is taken on by an employer and receives "on the job" training with the
employer and "off the job" training with an organisation such as TAFE. Traineeships only
go for 12 months. At the end of a Traineeship you will receive a qualification, but you will
not be a fully qualified tradesperson (you can go on to get this qualification however).
You can even undertake a traineeship while you are still at school and have it count towards your
A traineeship works in a very similar way to an apprenticeship, in that you have both, on the
job training with your employer, off the job training with an organisation such as TAFE or a mixture
Traineeships are available in a huge number of industry areas and normally last from 1 to 3 years.
The Traineeship can take less time if you have had previous experience in that industry area or
if you learn quickly and complete the required work in less time.
For complete information about traineeships, click here.
School Based Traineeships:
It is possible to complete a traineeship while you are still at school.
In a School Based, Part Time Traineeship, you complete your Traineeship part time and complete
your VCE or VCAL as well. A school based, part time trainee must complete the same number of
hours of work and training that a full time trainee is expected to complete (normally 1200-1600 hours)
they just do it over a longer period of time.
You would normally work with your host employer for between 5-7 hours per week, plus some time
in the school holidays.
As an school based, part time trainee, you get:
# a job
# accredited training
# ongoing advice and support
# a training wage
# a VCE or VCAL
# a nationally recognised qualification
For complete information about Part Time, School Based Traineeships, click here.
Group Training Companies:
A Group Training Company is an organisation which employs trainees and apprentices and
then "hires" them out to host employers where they do their training. Group training can be a
great way to go if you are looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship as they provide you
with a lot of extra help and support.
They also often have access to apprenticeships and traineeships that individual employers
will not offer. For example, a builder might not want to take on an apprentice because they are
worried that the amount of work they have is not enough to make it possible to put on an apprentice.
A group training company can put on an apprentice and then hire that apprentice out to a
number of builders. You get very good training because you get to work with a number of