What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?

A traineeship or apprenticeship (known collectively as Australian Apprenticeships), are a combination of practical work and structured training. Once completed you will have a nationally recognised qualification and practical experience. For further information visit Australian Apprenticeships.

How long does an apprenticeship or traineeship go for?

A traineeship is normally 12-18 months full-time (usually a 38 hour week) depending on the industry, type of job and how quickly you complete your course work. Apprenticeships are normally 3-4 years full-time (usually a 38 hour week), again it depends on the industry and type of job.

Are you experiencing any problems with your work or training?

Like any working relationship, you may encounter a few problems along the way. If you are experiencing any problems there is always someone you can talk to confidentially. Simply contact us and we will put you in touch with the local Apprenticeship Field Officer. Remember it is best to seek help early.

Can an apprenticeship or traineeship be suspended or cancelled?

During the first three months of your apprenticeship or traineeship contract, either you or the employer can cancel the training contract. This three-month period is known as the "probationary period". After the probationary period is over, an apprenticeship can only be cancelled or suspended if you both agree to do so, if both parties don’t or can’t agree then the local Apprenticeship Field Officer will need to be contacted.

A traineeship can be cancelled or suspended by either the employer or the trainee at any time, even after the probationary period is over.

How do you complete your apprenticeship or traineeship and is there a limit to how quickly you can complete?

Your apprenticeship or traineeship is complete once you, your employer and your training organisation agree that all the requirements of your training plan have been fulfilled. How quickly an apprenticeship or traineeship can be completed will depend on a range of factors including your competence and skills; the ability of your employer to provide work experience in the range of competencies required and the ability of your training organisation to provide flexible training programs. If applicable, the expected duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship should be discussed at induction and be reviewed regularly throughout the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship.

If you recommence your apprenticeship or traineeship with another employer, will you receive credits for the time you completed with your previous employer?

If you recommence an apprenticeship or traineeship (the same as your previous qualification), generally you will receive credit for previous service.

Any 'time' credit allowed is applied to, and may reduce, the nominal term of the apprenticeship or traineeship. The State Training Authority will determine the appropriate amount of 'time' credit.

Previous experience or service may also allow you to receive credit transfer and/or recognition of prior learning for the competencies achieved.

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