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Traineeships and Apprenticeships

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


Why choose a Traineeship or Apprenticeship?

Traineeships and Apprenticeship are one of the best ways to get ready for a career. 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.

As a trainee or apprentice, 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.

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

Qualifications Available

Eligibility Requirements

Traineeships and apprenticeships 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. ACCCO provides training for traineeship and apprenticeship study pathways for students who have secured employment within an approved education and care service.

What are the costs involved?

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

Fees & Funding


FEE free traineeships

NEW SOUTH WALES

Fee free traineeships are available to NSW students, including school-based trainees.

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QUEENSLAND

Eligible QLD residents can access free apprenticeships if they are under 21 years of age.

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Information for Employers 

For employers, Australian trainee and apprentices can bring new and valuable resources and skills into a business.Traineeships & apprenticeships 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 trainee and apprentices
  • Financial benefits for you including Commonwealth Government incentives
  • Greater customer satisfaction through well trained staff

The Australian Government offers a range of financial incentives and benefits to employers. Find out more about these incentives and eligibility criteria here

How to Apply?

After you decide to become a trainee or apprentice, you will need to find an employer to take you on. You and your employer will need to sign a formal training contract.

Find an employer to take you on as a trainee or apprentice

You can find an employer by:

  • looking at job search websites or in the newspaper
  • contacting employers in the industry you’d like to work in
  • asking your friends, family and others in your community about what might be available
  • Talk to an Apprenticeship Network Provider they may be able to link you with potential employers

Sign a formal training contract

Once you’ve found an employer to take you on, contact your nearest Apprenticeship Network provider. Your Apprenticeship Network provider will help you sign a training contract with your employer. They will work with you and your employer to identify the training and support you need. 

Commence Training

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 traineeship or apprenticeship, 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 find employment for the trainee or apprentice?

No, the student is required to find an employer willing to take them on as a trainee or apprentice. ACCCO provides training for traineeship and apprenticeship study pathways for students who have secured employment within an approved education and care service.

How much does a trainee or apprentice get paid?

Trainee and apprentice 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.

Will I 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 1 - 4 years. However, part-time traineeships or apprenticeships 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.

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