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  • How do Australian apprenticeships and traineeships work?


Apprenticeships or traineeships give you the chance to learn real skills in the workplace, earn a Nationally Recognised Qualification and be paid a wage which rises as you progress through training.

The term apprenticeship is often used in Australia, however the term can often refer to either an apprenticeship or a traineeship. Typically an apprenticeship leads to becoming a qualified tradesperson, and a traineeship leads to a minumum Certificate II qualification. Both require entering into a training contract between the trainee, the employer and the training provider (RTO). If the trainee is under 18 their parent or guardian must also agree.

By entering into a training contract under a traineeship, you can combine hands-on training in the workplace with your study. 

1) Training contracts

A training contract is a legally binding document that is agreed between an apprentice or trainee, an employer, and a training provider or RTO.

It must be signed by a parent or legal guardian if the apprentice or trainee is under 18. It covers:

  • the length of the training period, apprenticeship or traineeship
  • details of the registered training organisation (RTO) delivering the training
  • the qualification to be obtained
  • employment arrangements and industrial award.

The training contract must be lodged with an Australian Apprenticeships Centre, who can help with preparing the training contract as well as other paperwork. Upskilled can assist in finding an Apprenticeships Centre as part of the enrolment process.

2) Training plans

A training plan outlines what the trainee will do as part of their qualification and how they will do it, and is negotiated between the employer, the apprentice or trainee, and the RTO (Upskilled).

3) Australian Apprenticeships Centres

To get the training contract and training plan arranged, you will require the assistance of an Australian Apprenticeships Centre. Australian Apprenticeships Centres are contracted by the Australian Government to deliver Australian Apprenticeships Support Services at no cost to employers or Australian Apprentices or Trainees.

Upskilled is in collaboration with a number of Australian Apprenticeship Centres, including Mission Australia and MEGT. This serves to guarantee a quick turn-around on eligibility checks.

What support services do they include?

  1. Providing information and assistance to employers, Australian apprentices or trainees, and other interested people.
  2. Marketing and promoting Australian apprenticeships and traineeships.
  3. Administering Australian government incentive payments to employers and allowances to Australian apprentices and trainees.
Learn more information regarding the roles and responsibilities of the employer and other key stakeholders for employees undertaking traineeships.

Where can I get more information?

For more information on the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, please visit or call the Australian Apprenticeships Referral Line on 13 38 73.

MEGT     Australian Business Limited     Apprenticeships Group Australia

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