What Are the Benefits of an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?


An apprenticeship or traineeship is a great stepping stone into a career. Here's a look at some of the benefits of becoming an apprentice or trainee.

An apprenctice Chef plating a dish.You get paid to study

    As an apprentice or trainee, you get to earn while you learn. You might also be eligible for financial assistance from the government while you train. Find out more on our Financial assistance for apprentices and trainees page.

    It's flexible

    An apprenticeship or traineeship is your chance to do paid work and get trained so you end up with a nationally recognised qualification. That means you could work anywhere in Australia. In fact, you'll learn skills you can use anywhere in the world.

    Most apprenticeships or traineeships can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis and are fairly flexible in their set-up.

    You'll get great training

    Apprentices and trainees learn industry skills through a combination of on-the-job paid work, and study at a TAFE or another registered training provider. You get to put what you learn into practice on the job. After your training, you’ll get a qualification at Certificate II, III, IV or Diploma level.

    You've got the same rights as all workers

    Apprentices and trainees have the same rights as all employees. If you have any concerns about your contract or what’s happening in your workplace, there are organisations that can help. Find out more on our Apprentice and trainee rights page.

    You can enter competitions and win awards

    Awards, programs and competitions are a great way to hone your skills, develop your networks and win prizes. 

    Find out more about the WorldSkills experience in our Case study interview with Simon, a former competitor at WorldSkills Australia.


    Australian Apprenticeships - My Gain
    Watch video interviews with apprentices, trainees and employers to find out about the range of options out there for apprentices and trainees.

    Australian Apprenticeships Pathways
    Comprehensive resource for apprentices and trainees that lets you search for jobs and training and get advice on apprentice and trainee rights. 

    Apprenticeships and Traineeships
    The Victorian Government has a range of guides and resources about apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria.

    Australian Apprenticeships
    The Federal Government's apprenticeships and traineeships scheme (formerly New Apprenticeships).