Anyone of working age can become an apprentice or trainee (subject to certain citizenship or visa conditions). You need to be employed, and registered as either an apprentice or a trainee. If you are under the age of 18 a parent or guardian must also sign the contract. Registrations are done through the Australian Apprenticeship Centre.
You may be surprised by who could benefit from an apprenticeship or traineeship. Are you:
Young and looking for a way to start your career?
Apprenticeships and traineeships are a way to kick start your career.
Employed in the industry but lacking the right skills?
Some employers are willing to train someone they already employ as an apprentice or trainee, if you don’t have some of the skills their industry requires. In this situation, both you and your employer benefit.
Wanting to move into a new industry?
If you are already employed and want to enter a new field of employment, apprenticeships and traineeships can offer you a pathway for moving into a new industry confident in knowing that when you start your new career you will have the support of a structured training program.
Apprenticeships and traineeships are not only for the school leaver. Mature workers are known for their ability to bring commitment and experience to their industry, which has been recognised by the increasing numbers of older workers undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship. Apprenticeships and traineeships operate in exactly the same way for all ages.
If you are still at school you may have developed an interest in an industry, but would like to finish your VCE or VCAL. Under a school based apprenticeship or traineeship, you will spend time at school, time with your employer, and some time doing training with a TAFE or training provider.