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What is a Traineeship?

Traineeships 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.

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

When a trainee successfully completes the traineeship, they receive a nationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency and a Statement of subjects completed from the Registered Training Organisation.

Business benefits

You can transform your business by employing a trainee – 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 makertplace has to offer.
  • The government encourages employers by helping make it an affordable option to invest in skills for the future of your industry and business 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.

What jobs are covered?

There are over 600 traineeship vocations are available in a range of areas, including Business, Retail, Community Health, Child Care, Financial Services and many more. Traineeships generally take between twelve to twenty four months to complete.

At what age can a person become a trainee?

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.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships are work-based training programs for students (typically Year 10–12 depending on state requirements), that combine paid part-time work and formal industry-based training whilst you complete your Senior Secondary Certificate.

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