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Applying & Enrolling: Apprenticeship or Traineeship

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a great way to get a head start into an industry, and may be used as a stepping stone to further education or a future career. Apprenticeships are available in many industries and occupations, offering the opportunity to gain skills and experience in the field. Learning and training happens on the job, and participants earn a training wage while achieving a valuable qualification that is nationally recognised by employers.

The teaching strategies for apprentices and trainees are developed in conjunction with industry groups, meaning that the qualifications and skills learnt at TAFE SA are relevant to industry and the current workplace. TAFE SA offers a supportive infrastructure and strong partnerships with employers, trainers and industry bodies throughout Australia.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships are underpinned by a training contract between the employer and employee.

See a list of TAFE SA Apprenticeship & Traineeship courses

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a training program designed to provide employment while enabling students to learn a trade and gain nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices receive structured training on and off the job in a full-time, paid position, which can last up to four years.

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship provides employment while enabling students to learn about a non-trade area and gain nationally recognised qualifications. Trainees train both on and off the job in a full-time or part-time position. Traineeships usually last up to 12 months, but sometimes extend for a longer period.

For more information on apprenticeships and traineeships see the Australian Apprenticeships website for both school students and job seekers.

Who can apply?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are available to individuals from the age of 15. School students, school leavers and job seekers are eligible to apply. There are no general prerequisites but particular jobs may look for skills, experience or aptitude in certain areas.

Note: You must have an approved training contract to be eligible for WorkReady funding for a TAFE SA Apprenticeship or Traineeship course.

How to apply

Searching for employment is a competitive process and applicants for apprenticeships and traineeships need to find an employer who is willing to train them in a particular vocation.

Anyone interested in undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship needs to be prepared to apply. This means keeping an up-to-date resume and finding out as much about the industry as possible. There are a number of ways to look for an apprenticeship or traineeship. These include:

  • enquiring through the Job Network
  • checking the newspaper classifieds
  • consulting a career adviser at school
  • visiting an Australian Apprenticeship Centre
  • approaching employers directly with a resumé and training information
  • talking to friends and family and building a network through word of mouth.

For more information, visit the Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services website.

What are the rates of pay?

The wage earned by an apprentice or trainee is determined according to their age and the agreements made between the employers and unions for each particular industry. A training wage is usually based on the national training wage or a percentage of the full award wage.

For more information, contact the Safework SA Wages and Awards hotline on 1300 365 255.