Apprenticeships and traineeshipsApprenticeships and traineeships combine training with working in a real job, for a real boss and with a real wage. Apprentices and trainees are contracted to an employer for the time it takes to gain skills in a trade or vocational area. This timeframe usually ranges from one to four years.
Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE offers nationally-recognised training to apprentices and trainees in a way and at a time that suits their workplace.
Trainers at Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE will:
work with the apprentice/trainee and employer to design a training plan that outlines training needs, how they will be provided, and when/where that training will take place
support both the apprentice/trainee and employer to make the plan work
provide a Training Record Book and any essential training materials at no cost to the apprentice/trainee
visit workplaces to monitor training
organise any additional learning support required, for example reading, maths skills
provide advice on fees and charges, and travel and accommodation subsidies.
An apprentice or trainee:
is paid to do a job and learn new skills at the same time
has a variety of jobs and career paths, without having to go to university and
receives a qualification that is recognised Australia-wide.
As an employer you can now:
- recruit the apprentice or trainee
- select the training provider
- decide on the training course and
- negotiate on the way training is delivered to suit your requirements.
The long term benefits that apprentices and trainees contribute to the workforce include:
- having a team with nationally-recognised qualifications, which is well trained and demonstrates a diversity of skills
- ensuring the employment of staff who are familiar with the work ethos of your company and the working environment, and ensuring a customer-focus is maintained
- increased business growth and profits because you have ensured your staff are highly skilled and abreast with industry developments and
- ensuring your workforce has accredited standards necessary for business development in domestic and overseas markets.
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow high school students, typically those in years 11 and 12, to work with an employer as paid employees whilst studying for their Senior Certificate.
Visit the school-based courses page for more information.
Applications for apprenticeships and traineeships should be made through Australian Apprenticeship Centres or Group Training organisations:
- Training Line 1300 369 935
- Australian Apprenticeship Centres 1800 639 629
- Group Training Australia 1800 819 747
- Department of Education, Training and Employment website
For an overview of the apprenticeship and traineeship system, the funding and incentives available, benefits, where to start, dealing with problems, and the completion and cancellation process check out the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) and Apprenticeships Info websites.