A Quick Guide on How to Start an Apprenticeship


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

The team at BUSY can help you get started with our helpful guide on starting an apprenticeship.

What is an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?  

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.

How to Become an Apprentice

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

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

  • of working age
  • an Australian citizen
  • a permanent resident OR
  • a NZ passport holder OR 
  • have a Visa that allows you to work in Australia

How long is an apprenticeship?

To complete on the job training and study, undertaking your study full-time will take anywhere between 12-24 months for a Traineeship and 36-48 months for an Apprenticeship, 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 

BUSY At Work can provide you with the support to begin your journey towards learning on the job through an apprenticeship or traineeship. We will also keep in contact about your progress and, if you require, our team can also provide mentoring services to further support your 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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