What is an apprenticeship?
An Australian Apprenticeship – a term that covers both apprenticeships and traineeships – is a training pathway designed for anyone of working age and eligible to work in Australia to gain paid, hands-on experience in a real workplace while studying a nationally accredited qualification.
Unlike other education pathways, such as university, an Australian Apprenticeship allows you to earn wages while training.
Australian Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of specialisations and industries, including traditional trades. In addition to gaining the skills and knowledge associated with your trade, you will complete a Vocational Training and Education (VET) qualification with a Registered Training Organisation.
Who Can Do an Apprenticeship
There are few barriers to entry to commence an apprenticeship - you must be of legal working age and able to work in Australia.
Depending on the type of apprenticeship, there may be additional requirements including:
- Completion of Year 10 or 12
- Study of certain subjects at school (like Maths for Electrical Apprenticeships)
- Have specified licences or tickets, like a driver's licence white card
Each apprenticeship job role should highlight any employer requirements, to help you find an opportunity that best suits your situation.
Read more to see if you are eligible for an apprenticeship.
Why do an Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships take commitment and hard work, but are an ideal investment in your future. They are the best and sometimes only pathway to become a qualified tradesperson in Australia.
There are several compelling reasons why you should consider doing a trade apprenticeship:
Hands-on learning: Trade apprenticeships offer hands-on training, allowing individuals to gain practical experience in their chosen field. This kind of learning can be highly effective for many people, as it combines real-world skills with theoretical knowledge.
Earning while learning: Apprentices are paid for their work and study, which means they can earn a salary while receiving training. (Unlike going to uni which often involves racking up a HECS-HELP debt.)
Job security: Skilled trades are in high demand in Australia, and many of these professions offer excellent job security. Tradespeople are needed in various industries, such as mining and resources, manufacturing, construction, and technology.
Connections and networking: Apprenticeships allow individuals to build valuable connections within their industry that can lead to job opportunities and mentorship. The majority of apprentices move into full-time employment with the company they did their training at, so you have an immediate head start.
Find an Apprenticeship
If you want to become a tradie and set yourself with a long-term and rewarding career, consider an apprenticeship.