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How long is an apprenticeship?

Australian Apprenticeships aren’t time based anymore, meaning you will complete your training once your employer and Registered Training Organisation have determined that you are competent in your selected vocation.

This is called competency-based completion.

It takes time to develop your skills and knowledge, so the length of training varies from trade to trade, and person to person.

But generally you can expect to undertake an apprenticeship for 3-4 years and a traineeship for 1-3 years.

To gain competency, you will undertake both on-the-job skill development at your employer or host company worksite, and off-the-job learning with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Whether your role is designated an apprenticeship or a traineeship and the nominal duration of your training is determined by the qualification you study, which is set by the Government.

Both apprenticeships and traineeships fall under the term Australian Apprenticeship.

To get started in an Australian Apprenticeship, view the apprenticeship trades that MIGAS offers, and check out our jobs board for current opportunities.

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In the spirit of reconciliation, MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.