Thinking about an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Traineeships and apprenticeships are a great way to learn skills and get some experience that may help you find a job in your chosen industry. You also earn money while learning valuable skills!

Construction siteSome industries offer both traineeships AND apprenticeships, but others offer only apprenticeships. The main difference between the two is the level of job security. Some schools also offer traineeships and apprenticeships. This is called school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs) and can be completed while you’re enrolled in VCE or VCAL.

Often, the first step is to undertake a pre-apprenticeship course via school, TAFE, or another adult education provider, such as a Learn Local organisation.

In a pre-apprenticeship:

A pre-apprenticeship involves completing a Certificate II in an area that you’re interested in. If you’re not entirely sure of which industry or area you’d like to work in, a pre-apprenticeship is a good option. It will give you a feel for the industry and help you determine whether you enjoy it before signing up for an apprenticeship.

In an apprenticeship:

  • An employer agrees to employ you and support your training for the period of the apprenticeship.
  • You agree to follow instructions and attend workplace-based and/or off-the-job training.
  • If your employer sells the business, your new employer must continue your apprenticeship.
  • Once the probationary period of the apprenticeship is over, all parties have to agree for your contract to be cancelled.
  • The average length of an apprenticeship is three to four years, longer than traineeships, and can be completed while studying or working. Part-time and full-time options are available.

In a traineeship:

  • An employer agrees to employ you and support your training for the period of the traineeship.
  • You agree to follow instructions and attend structured training.
  • If the business is sold, the new employer doesn’t have to keep you on as a trainee.
  • Either the employer or trainee can cancel the contract without mutual agreement.
  • The average length of a traineeship is 12 months. You can also choose to complete a part-time traineeship that can fit in with other work commitments or study; this can take up to two years to complete.

Learn Local providers also offer job and study skills training in areas such as time management, essay writing and study planning. Find out more about apprenticeships, traineeships and job and study skills here http://learnlocal.org.au/what-you-can-learn/.

Resources

https://communitycareerhub.com.au/study/study-options/

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/training/employers/apprentices/Pages/parttime.aspx

http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-careers/apprenticeships-traineeships/what-is-an-apprenticeship-or-traineeship

http://www.skills.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway/Students/Pages/PreApprenticeshipCourses.aspx?type=course