What Are the Benefits of an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?


An apprenticeship or traineeship is a great stepping stone into a career. As an apprentice or trainee, you get the following benefits:

  • You’re paid to work and study
  • It provides a pathway from school to work, or from one industry to another
  • Certificate II, III and IV qualifications are recognised anywhere in Australia
  • Formal training from a TAFE or private training provider is combined with workplace-based training
  • You have the same rights as employees
  • You can get involved in competitions and awards

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 in the Financial Assistance section.

    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 in the Apprentice and trainee rights section.

    You can enter competitions and win awards

    Group Training Australia runs a leadership program for selected apprentices and trainees called Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders. Find out more on the Group Training Australia website (new window).

    Once you’ve started your apprenticeship or traineeship, there are lots of ways for you to improve your skills. For example you could get involved in the:

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


    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).

    WorldSkills Australia
    Find out about the regional, national and international trade competitions managed by this organisation.

    Australian Training Awards
    Take a look at the student categories for these awards and read about the young state and territory winners from previous years.

    Group Training Australia - TSTL Leadership Program
    The Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program is an intensive program held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra each year for high achieving group training apprentices and trainees.