FAQs about Apprenticeship and Traineeships

 

Am I eligible to enter into an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Yes, if you are employed permanently for a minimum of 15 hours per week. You will not be eligible if you are a casual employee or sub-contractor. There is no maximum age limit; however in many cases there is a minimum age to begin an apprenticeship or traineeship. You also need to be an Australian Citizen, a New Zealand passport holder or hold a visa that allows you to engage in work in Australia.

How do I choose a training provider?

Your training provider is responsible for developing your training plan, delivering the training, assessing your achievements and issuing you with your qualification when you are finished. It’s important that you and your employer choose the right training organisation for you. The provider can either be a public provider such as TAFE or a private organisation with accreditation. BUSY At Work can provide you with a list of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) offering your qualification. Some providers are funded by the Government which means they can provide subsidised training. If you and your employer choose from a wider selection of unfunded providers, your training will be delivered on a fee-for-service basis.

Make sure you and your employer think about the following things when choosing your training provider:

  • How much input will you and your employer have into the course?
  • Ask how and when the training will take place and when you will be assessed?
  • How often will your training provider visit you at work and provide feedback?
  • What other assistance can they provide?
  • What are the costs involved?

How much do I get paid?

It really depends on your qualification, your employer and you. However there are some minimum conditions for employers and employees across Australia. Visit the Fairwork website or phone 13 13 94.

How much will it cost me?

Your employer will usually cover the costs of the training, but you will need to check with them. The Queensland Government may also subsidise some of the costs, but you should check with your Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or BUSY consultant first.

How long will it take?

A full time apprenticeship can take anywhere from 36 to 60 months and include qualifications from Certificate Level III to Certificate Level V

A full time traineeship generally takes between 12 and 60 months and covers qualifications from Certificate Level II to Level VI.

The certificates are awarded based on competency which means the sooner you learn the skills and knowledge, the sooner you finish. You can also use additional real life experience to further reduce the certification time. Experience gained via formal or informal training, work experience, prior learning and on-the-job skills all count towards the attainment of your certificate.

How long is my probationary period?

As a general rule the probationary period for a full-time apprenticeship is 90 days, while a traineeship is 30-60 days.

What's the difference between an apprenticeship and traineeship?

Usually an apprenticeship is for a trade based industry such as electrical, building and construction, cooking, automotive, hairdressing and engineering. Traineeships cover industries that don’t require a trade certificate like business, retail, hospitality, IT, tourism and much more.

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