How Apprenticeships Work

Imagine a world where you could earn a wage while learning a trade. Welcome to the world of apprenticeships!

Here in Australia, there are over 300,000 apprentices and trainees learning new skills and trades while getting paid. Not only that, but they're also developing practical skills and gaining a nationally accredited qualification.

On this page, we'll discuss the advantages of apprenticeships and traineeships, how to find an apprenticeship, and conclude with a summary of the benefits. Let's get started!

Advantages of an Apprenticeship 

There are many advantages to doing an apprenticeship or traineeship, including earning a wage while you learn, developing practical skills, and achieving a nationally accredited qualification.

Earn a wage while you learn

One of the biggest advantages of an apprenticeship or traineeship is that you can earn a wage while you learn. As an apprentice or trainee, you will be paid for the hours you work and any additional training required as part of your program.

Develop practical skills

Another big advantage of an apprenticeship or traineeship is that you will develop practical skills that you can use in your chosen career.

These skills are obtained through on-the-job by working with experienced tradespeople who will be supervising your development. In addition you will undertake off-the-job training, usually at TAFE or a specialist Registered Training Organisation.

Achieve a Nationally Accredited Qualification

Upon completing your apprenticeship or traineeship, you will obtain a nationally accredited qualification. This qualification is recognised Australia-wide and will give you the skills and knowledge you need to progress in your chosen career.

Your Apprenticeship Questions Answered

Here's an overview of the most common questions we get asked about apprenticeships. Keep reading to learn more.

1. What is an apprenticeship?

An Australian Apprenticeship is paid program to become a qualified tradie. You will undertake hands-on, practical work with a company under the supervision of qualified tradespeople. You will also attend formal training at TAFE or a Registered Training organisation, in order to obtain a nationally accredited qualification (typically a Certificate III or Certificate IV, depending on the trade type).

You will be paid as an apprentice for both your on-the-job and off-the-job training. At MIGAS, apprentice wages are paid weekly. You'll also have access to personal and annual leave, and any entitlements relevant to your trade Award.

MIGAS offers apprenticeships in many trade areas, including electrical, automotive and mechanical, metal and engineering, and construction.

2. How long is a trade apprenticeship?

A trade apprenticeship typically lasts three to four years, based on the successful completion of all included competencies required for the trade and qualification.

During this time, the apprentice will learn the skills and knowledge required to perform their trade. Once completed, you will be a qualified tradesperson in your selected field.  

3. How long is a traineeship?

A traineeship usually lasts 12 months to two years and is a great way to gain the skills and knowledge required for a particular trade or vocational area. Like an apprenticeship, a traineeship involves on-the-job and off-the-job training, giving trainees a well-rounded education in their chosen field.

Learn more about the differences between an apprenticeship and a traineeship.

4. How can I find an apprenticeship or traineeship?

There are many ways to go about getting an apprenticeship or traineeship. The easiest way is to search for current vacancies, such as the MIGAS jobs board. You can also register your interest with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will help point you in the right direction of potential employers.

Finally, you can contact your local TAFE or Registered Training Organisation to enquire about any upcoming opportunities in your area.

Get Started in an Apprenticeship

MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees has a jobs board that is updated regularly with current apprenticeship vacancies in trade specialisation roles such as Fitter and Turner Apprenticeship, Boilermaker Apprenticeship, Electrical Apprenticeship and Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Apprenticeship.

1. You can search for apprenticeships by location or trade. 

2. Once you find a position that interests you, click on the listing to get more information and apply.

3. We'll contact you if you make it to the next round.

MIGAS also has many resources to help you prepare for your apprenticeship application and interview. Applying for an apprenticeship can be competitive, so putting your best foot forward is essential. We can help you get started on the path to a successful career in trades.

Take the first step today

With the help of MIGAS, you can find an apprenticeship to suit your skills and career aspirations.

Good luck in your search for an apprenticeship – we wish you every success!