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Apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprentices and trainees

If an office job "isn't you" and you like to work with your hands then an apprenticeship or traineeship may be the right fit.

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training with working in a real job, for a real boss and with a real wage. Apprentices and trainees are contracted to an employer for the time it takes to gain skills in a trade or vocational area. This timeframe usually ranges from one to four years.

An apprentice or trainee:

  • is paid to do a job and learn new skills at the same time
  • has a variety of jobs and career paths, without having to go to university
  • receives a qualification that is recognised Australia-wide.

Employers can:

  • recruit the apprentice or trainee
  • select the training provider
  • decide on the training course
  • negotiate on the way training is delivered to suit your requirements.

The long term benefits that apprentices and trainees contribute to businesses include:

  • ensuring the employment of staff who are familiar with the work ethos of your company and the working environment, and ensuring a customer-focus is maintained
  • increased business growth and profits because you have ensured your staff are highly skilled and abreast with industry developments
  • ensuring your workforce has nationally recognised qualifications is particularly useful for business development in domestic and overseas markets.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow high school students, usually in Years 11 and 12, to work with an employer as paid employees whilst studying for their Senior Certificate.

Queensland apprenticeship pledge

The Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge is a new initiative that aims to drive the creation of additional apprenticeship opportunities. In return eligible employers who sign up to the program will be paid an incentive of up to $6000 for each additional apprentice they take on above their benchmark.

For more information or to make a pledge to employ additional apprentices please visit

Further information

For an overview of the apprenticeship and traineeship system, the funding and incentives available, benefits, where to start, dealing with problems, and the completion and cancellation process please visit the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) website and the Apprenticeships Info website