If you are looking to improve your skills, but cannot afford the time or money to attend TAFE or University, you could consider a traineeship.

  • Traineeships combine paid work with learning
  • Traineeships round out your skills, and give you up to date knowledge
  • Traineeships are customised and flexible
  • Traineeships result in a nationally recognised qualification

Traditionally students would need to spend their own time attending training. A traineeship is a great way to build or further your career while getting paid for it, which means less personal time spent learning.

About Traineeships

There are three main types of traineeships:

  • New entrant – for new workers who wish to learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Existing Worker traineeships – for staff who are looking to formalise their skills and validate the hard work they have done, and gain job security for the future
  • School based Traineeships –  gain vocational qualifications at Certificate II and III levels through a combination of classroom training and paid work-based experience, while undertaking Year 11 or Year 12


Meeting the needs of adult learners:

  • Flexible learning opportunities – trainees have a choice of learning options, and encouragement to learn in a way that meets learning styles or preferences
  • Relevant learning – trainees receive encouragement to implement learning on the job
  • Learning that incorporates experience – existing worker traineeships encourage growth and personal development


Employer Incentives

The Australian Government has introduced a number of initiatives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice or Trainee, particularly where the Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship is in a trade experiencing a skills shortage. These initiatives provide financial incentives to eligible employers through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.


For information on what incentices your organisation may be eligible for, visit Australian Apprenticeships.