A Quick Guide on How to Start an Apprenticeship


From Agriculture to Tourism and Hospitality, there are over 500 opportunities to gain an apprenticeship or traineeship. It’s the perfect way to pursue a career and acquire a respected and recognised qualification.

With the team at BUSY, we can help you get started with our helpful guide on starting an apprenticeship.

What is an Apprenticeship & Are you Eligible? 

In Australia, this learning opportunity combines formal study and paid on the job training while achieving a respected qualification. Undertaking this learning pathway enables you to gain skills that can be applied practically in your career of choice while furthering your education. These qualifications can be anything from a Certificate II to an advanced diploma.

There is quite a lot of flexibility with eligibility, with some students commencing in years 10, 11 and 12 with a schools-based arrangement along with school leavers and adults looking at a change of career.

To undertake an opportunity like this, you are required to be:

  • Of working age
  • Australian citizens
  • Permanent residents
  • NZ passport holders 
  • Have a Visa that allows you to work in Australia

First Steps Towards Qualifications

Three steps will get you started on gaining the qualifications you desire while earning a wage, which the team at BUSY can assist you with:

  • Resume to let your potential employers know why you want to work with them.
  • Approach potential employers about a position and share your resume with them.
  • Follow up by calling potential employers.

Once you have an opportunity, you choose a training provider from a registered training organisation and a course relevant to your trade. This is a vital step and we can assist you with it.

How Long is an Apprenticeship?

To complete on the job training and study, undertaking it full-time will take anywhere between 36-60 months, but it very much depends on each individual and how quickly competencies can be completed. We recommend getting in touch with our team to learn more about the duration expected for your program and what will be expected of you.

Payment and Financial Standards 

Under the National Employment Standards, you are entitled to receive a fair wage, and a list of awards will show what is legally required. The award will give you information about:

  • Base rates
  • Overtime and penalty rates
  • Work arrangements
  • Superannuation
  • Salary arrangements
  • And so much more.

Ongoing Support 

As part of the Apprenticeship Community, we will provide you with the support to begin your journey towards learning on the job; we will also keep in contact about your progress. Our team can also act as a mentor to support you or your trainee through success.

Get Started with BUSY 

There’s a BUSY location near you. To find out more about the support and programs to get you started, contact us today on 13 28 79 or email.

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A-Z Guide for Apprentices and Trainees

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Following the recent Queensland Health advice, a number of BUSY At Work offices will be temporarily closed in the Greater Brisbane Area from 5pm Monday the 29th March and will not reopen until after the Easter long weekend on Tuesday the 6th of April, 2021. Click here for list of offices affected. We will be taking calls until 8pm Thursday 1st  on 13 28 79 should you wish to speak with one of the team.

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