There are currently over 250,000 apprentices and trainees in training around Australia, across a range of industries. Australian Apprenticeships are an effective way of starting a career or building on existing experience.
Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age. There aren't specific school levels, certificates or other qualifications needed to start one.
The term Australian Apprenticeships covers both apprenticeships or traineeships, which start when an employer creates a job and decides to use this way of employing and training employees.
The roles combine time at work with formal training in a nationally recognised certificate.
The jobs can be full-time or part-time, but they must be permanent positions.
Apprentices and trainees can be still at school, school-leavers, job hunters, people re-entering the workforce or career changers.
All the details of an apprenticeship or traineeship are included in an official agreement or contract between the employer and employee, with copies kept by the employer, the employee and the government including the service providers they have set up to help make the system work.
A training plan, developed along with a Registered Training Organisation, details how the underpinning certificate will be achieved.