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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are jobs that combine paid work and structured training. They include:

  • paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement (for example, an award or enterprise agreement)
  • nationally recognised training.

An apprentice enters into a formal training contract (Indenture) with his/her employer for the duration of the traineeship.

When an apprentice successfully completes the apprenticeship they receive a nationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency and a Statement of subjects completed from the Registered Training Organisation.

What jobs are covered?

There are hundreds of apprenticeships available. Apprenticeship generally last between thirty six to forty eight months and cover trade areas such as Building and Construction, Horticulture, Cooking, and the Automotive industry.

Apprenticeships are the best way to combine training and employment and lead to a nationally recognised qualification.

Business benefits

You can transform your business by employing an apprentice – because skilled staff are the drivers of performance.

  • It is also an investment in your business, your community and your industry to ensure you are ready to take advantage of whatever the future marketplace has to offer.
  • The government encourages employers by helping make it an affordable option to invest in skills for the future industry and bsuiness through employment of Australian Apprentices and for upskilling existing staff.
  • Your community also benefits. Employing locals keeps money circulating in the community and underpins a vibrant, healthy regional economy.
  • Australian government initiatives currently being offered to help you keep your business, and your community prosperous may include financial incentives.

At what age can a person become an apprentice?

Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age and do not require any entry qualifications. You can be a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or simply wishing to change careers.

An apprenticeship can even be commenced as an Australian School-based Apprenticeship for secondary students (typically Year 10-12 depending on state requirements).

For more information contact MEGT at

2 responses to “Apprenticeship Information”

  1. Carlan Lee says:

    I have completed a pre apprenticeship course in cabinet making and am currently searching for an apprenticeship to start in 2015. Can you suggest any businesses that are looking for a first year in this field? I live in the Jane Brook area but can travel . If you know of any other avenues I can follow please email the above address. Thank you
    Carlan Lee

    • mbawa says:

      Hi Carlan,

      If you contact our Training Department on (08) 9441 8000 and speak to Neil, he will be able to assist you!



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