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Traineeships and Apprenticeships

 Traineeships and Apprenticeships Delivered Through State Government Funding Programs.


Traineeships and Apprenticeships offer the ability to ‘learn and earn’ from day one.

They combine training and paid employment, leading to skills and qualifications that are recognised across Australia and by other employers in the industry. Training will be provided at the workplace by both the Employer and the ACCCO Trainer Assessor through an individualised training plan to reflect skills required in this job. This means the qualification allows the Trainee or Apprentice to develop good underpinning knowledge that will help them to be more effective, able to think through problems and use a common sense approach to their jobs.

Traineeships and Apprenticeships are also available while you are at school. Click Here for more information. 

Why choose an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are one of the best ways to get ready for a career. They allow you to work and earn a living in your chosen career while you’re learning the skills and qualifications for it.

As an apprentice or trainee, you'll:

  • learn real skills in the workplace
  • gain nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications
  • earn a wage while you learn
  • develop skills required by industry
  • put everything you learn straight to work.

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine hands-on industry training with off-job study under a training contract between you and your employer.

Qualifications Available

Who can do an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are available to people of all ages and stages of life, including high school students and individuals wanting to start, change or advance their career.

Eligibility Requirements

Availability of qualifications under State Government funding varies according to each State/Territory funding contract. To check your eligibility requirements for what is available in your area, please click here or contact ACCCO on 1300 139 406.

Employers taking on an Apprentice or Trainee

For employers, Australian Apprentices can bring new and valuable resources and skills into a business.Traineeships allow you to develop qualified loyal staff that are familiar with your company, your work environment, your standards, your equipment and your customers. There are plenty of benefits to employers that include the following:

  • Qualified employees trained your way for your business
  • Government funding assistance for the training of eligible apprentices and trainees
  • Financial benefits for you including Commonwealth Government incentives
  • Greater customer satisfaction through
  • Greater customer satisfaction through well trained staff

How to Apply?

Step 1. Find an employer to take you on as an apprentice or trainee.

  • Talk to education and care services in your local area. 
  • Search job websites such as jobactive and newspaper advertisements.
  • Explore employment opportunities with Group Training Organisations (GTOs). GTOs will employ you and place you with a host business for work and training as part of your apprenticeship or traineeship. 
  • Talk to an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP). An ANP may be able to link you with potential employers.
    For more information, visit Apprenticeship Network Providers.


Step 2
. Meet an Apprenticeship Network Provider

Once an employer has agreed to take you on as an apprentice or trainee, they’ll connect you with their Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP).

Your ANP will help you:

  • develop your apprenticeship or traineeship training contract
  • complete and submit your training contract for assessment
  • identify any government funding you may be eligible for
  • provide information on where to get help if you run into problems.

To find your nearest ANP, visit Find my ANP.

Step 3. Negotiate and sign a training contract.

Before you start your apprenticeship or traineeship, you’ll sign a training contract which is a legal agreement between you and your employer. If you’re under 18, your parent or guardian will sign it too.

Your training contract outlines:

  • the qualification you’re studying
  • the number of hours of employment and training per week you will be provided with
  • probationary period details
  • obligations of you and your employer.


Step 4. Commence Training

As part of your apprenticeship or traineeship you will undertake a nationally recognised qualification with ACCCO who will provide the training for the Australian Apprentice. The training contract may commence on the same day that employment commences or may commence at a later date.

Frequently Asked Questions

ACCCO provides training for Traineeship and Apprenticeship study pathways for students who have secured employment within an approved education and care service. These pathways may attract State and/or Federal subsidies. Please refer to the Fees and Refunds: Domestic Fee For Service and Government Subsidised Training Policy for more information.

How does ACCCO provide the training?

Training will be provided at the workplace where the trainee or apprentice is employed. Our Trainer visits the Trainee or Apprentice on a monthly basis and providing individualised training in a quiet, uninterrupted area as well as providing on the job training. As we work with the Trainee or Apprentice through the qualification, we will be encouraging them to ask questions and research information from within the workplace.

ACCCO works with employers and the Trainee or Apprentice to develop an individual training plan to reflect skills required in this job. This means the qualification allows the Trainee or Apprentice to develop good underpinning knowledge that will help them to be more effective, able to think through problems and use a common sense approach to their jobs.

What is a training plan?

Before starting your apprenticeship or traineeship, you also sign a training plan that describes your off-job training with your training provider.Your training plan will include:

  • core and electives qualification units
  • training modes including off-job and on-job delivery
  • training provider details
  • training location.

Does ACCCO secure employment for the Trainee or Apprentice?

No, the individual is required to find an employer willing to take them on as a Trainee or Apprentice. ACCCO provides the training only for the Traineeship or Apprenticeship.

How Much does a Trainee or Apprentice get paid?

Apprentice and trainee wages

Apprentice and trainee wages are set by industry awards that outline pay rates, conditions, rights and entitlements.
To find out which award covers you, check out your apprentice or trainee training contract or visit the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Competency-based wage progression

Your industry award may include competency-based wage progression which means you can move up to a higher wage as you achieve skills. You can reach higher pay once you, your employer and training provider agree you have achieved new competencies.

For more information about competency-based wage progression, call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

Do I have to be paid a reduced wage while doing the Traineeship or Apprenticeship?

This may be negotiated between the Trainee or Apprentice and the employer. However, it must be noted that Trainees or Apprentices must be employed on a permanent full-time or permanent part-time basis. Please note that wages are subject awards determined by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

How long does the Traineeship or Apprenticeship take?

Usually 12 months. However, part-time Traineeship/Apprenticeship will take longer. Many Trainees or Apprentices who have good underpinning knowledge will be able to gain their skills in a shorter length of time.

How much does it cost?

The cost of qualifications under State Government funding varies according to each State/Territory funding contracts. Please click here or contact ACCCO to check what is available in your area.

Still have further questions?

Our Apprenticeship Coordinators are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. Contact ACCCO on 13000 139 406 or visit https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/

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