Apprenticeship and traineeship partnerships

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What are they?

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine paid work and structured training. They allow employers to train and develop new and existing staff, either through gaining recognition or bridging the gap of educational and practical experience.

Apprenticeships usually last three or four years and cover traditional trades such as carpentry, electrical, hairdressing and plumbing.

Traineeships usually last one or two years and provide training in newer vocational areas not usually covered by apprenticeships. Traineeships are available for a wide range of careers in most sectors of business and industry.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be undertaken either full-time or part-time.

Apprenticeships and traineeships include:

  • Paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement.
  • A training agreement between the employer and apprentice or trainee, which is registered with the NSW Department of Education and Communities.
  • Structured on-the-job training.
  • A training program, delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (such as TAFE NSW), through which you will gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Who can be an apprentice or trainee?

Any staff member other than the owner of the company can be an apprentice or trainee. This includes new and existing, part-time and full-time staff.

Why invest in an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Both new and existing employees can become trainees and benefit from the training. There are substantial incentives available for eligible trainees and you will need to discuss this with a representative from an Australian Apprenticeships Support Network. Australian Apprenticeships Support Network can advise you regarding the training contract and the incentives payable for your trainee.

In NSW, over $300 million is spent every year on employer incentives for organisations under this initiative.