what is an apprenticeship

Whether you’re looking for a role in construction, the hospitality industry, retail or even hairdressing, Australian Apprenticeships are a great way to gain a nationally recognised qualification while earning a wage working on the job. 

There are more than 500 occupations that offer apprenticeships, ranging from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma levels. These include traditional trades and a number of emerging occupations in most sectors of business and industry.
Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age and do not require any entry qualifications. An Australian Apprenticeship is available to school-leavers, those re-entering the workforce or those wishing to change careers.

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What’s the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

You mean an apprenticeship and a traineeship aren’t the same thing? What’s the difference? How will it impact my career? 


An apprenticeship is a structured training arrangement, which usually lasts three to four years. The training combines practical experience at work with complementary off-the-job training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
On successful completion, you are issued with a nationally recognised qualification and you have on-the-job skills, which are highly regarded by many employers.


A traineeship is a training agreement between the trainee and their respective employer: the employer agrees to train the trainee in a specific industry, and the trainee agrees to work and learn.
Traineeships are available for people of all ages and usually last between one to two  years (but can last longer), depending on the vocation and certificate level undertaken.

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Why should I do an apprenticeship?

How can you find out which jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships may be suitable for you?

You’ve come to the right place! Skillsroad has a range of online tools to help you plan your career 

  1. Take the Career Quiz – go back to square one and discover your personality style. The Career Quiz will help you uncover your strengths and talents so you can make the right choices.
  2. Take the Job Fit Test – The Skillsroad Job Fit Test assesses your competencies and knowledge across two of the key areas required for career success: your ‘Work Readiness’ (knowledge of how to act and operate in a workplace) and your ‘Job Fitness’ against the selected jobs that tickle your interest.
  3. Search Careers – research over 350 career profiles and match them against your Career Quiz results to see what interests you.
  4. Update your resumé – Revisit your resumé and look at areas you can improve on. Check out our resumés and cover letter page for guidance.
  5. Jobs board – once you’ve completed the above steps, have a look at our Jobs board and apply for jobs. There are plenty of local apprenticeships and traineeship jobs available too.
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