What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a training agreement between the trainee and their employer whereby 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 1-2 years (but can last longer), depending on the vocation and certificate level undertaken.

A traineeship can be a great way to combine training and employment leading to a nationally recognised qualification. It’s a great way to gain a nationally recognised qualification while earning a wage working on the job!


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

The main difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship is that a traineeship can be within a broader range of occupations and is run either part-time or full-time, where you are employed and trained for typically between one to two years; compared to an apprenticeship, which covers skilled trades and takes around four years to complete.

Learn more about Apprenticeships here

Which traineeship will suit me?

It’s very important to choose a career pathway that matches your abilities, interests and ambitions. When you work in a job that matches your “natural style” you will be happier, more productive and more motivated to build an ongoing and rewarding career pathway!

How can you find out which traineeship may be suitable for you?

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

  1. Take the Career Quiz – find a career pathway that matches your natural, free flowing skills so you can make the right choice!
  2. Take the Job Fit Test – The Skillsroad Job Fit Test assesses your competencies and knowledge across two key areas required for career success, ‘Work Readiness’ (your knowledge of how to act and operate in a workplace) and secondly your ‘Job Fitness’ against the selected jobs that tickle your interest.
  3. Search Careers – research over 350 career profiles and match this against your Career Quiz results to see what interests you
  4. Update your resume – Revisit your resume and look at areas you can improve on. Check out our resumes and cover letter page for some 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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