What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a legally-binding training agreement between an employer (GoldenWest Apprenticeships) and an apprentice that combines structured training with real work. It enables people to ‘earn while they learn’ by undertaking a structured course of industry based training. On successful completion, apprentices receive a nationally recognised certificate of competency.
An apprenticeship will provide a trade qualification at Certificate Level III or above. Most apprenticeships comprise of four stages and take around four years to complete successfully when employed full time. Training occurs both on and off the job and will involve some form of institutionalised training with a Supervised Registered Training Organisation (SRTO) such as TAFE, an Agricultural College or a private training provider.
What is a Traineeship?
A traineeship is like a ‘mini’ apprenticeship and provides a nationally recognised qualification at Certificate Level II, III or IV. Traineeships generally only last for one year, however many new traineeships at Level III and above are two and in some cases three years in duration. Training can occur on and off the job, however in the majority of cases the training can be completed fully on the job with the help of a Supervised Registered Training Organisation (SRTO) such as TAFE, an Agricultural College or a private training provider.
What types of Apprenticeships and Traineeships are available?
Types include full-time, part-time and school based.
- Full-time - Apprentices and Trainees work and train full-time, usually 36 to 38 hours a week.
- Part-time - Apprentices and Trainees work and train no less than 15 hours a week, averaged over a four week cycle. Generally the nominal term is double that of a full-time schedule, however competency based training may mean that it can be completed in a shorter timeframe.
- School-based - Apprentices and Trainees undertake this training as part of their high school studies. Employment and training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.
Who can do an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?
Any person between the age of 13 and 64 can become an apprentice or trainee. However, Queensland legislation applies age restrictions to particular apprenticeships and traineeships. To check if there is a minimum age requirement for the particular apprenticeship or traineeship you are interested in, refer to the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.
If an applicant is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must sign the training contract and take responsibilities for some of the training program.
Apprenticeships are not just for young people. There are many opportunities for older workers to undertake this type of program, especially in skills shortages industries. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a formal recognition of a person's current skills and knowledge, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred, and may provide credits or reduce your training time.
As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia. Any other person wanting to participate in an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia must have a visa allowing employment.
What kind of apprenticeship or traineeship can I undertake?
There are over one hundred different apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications, from business administration through to engineering. For a full list of apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications please access www.apprenticeshipsinfo.qld.gov.au
How much will I be paid?
The wages for apprentices and trainees varies between industries. Full-time and part-time apprentices and trainees are paid a weekly wage, plus any penalties, annual leave and sick leave and superannuation. For more information, please contact a Golden West Apprenticeships office.
What if I don't like where I work or my boss?
In any situation where you are unhappy, Golden West Apprenticeships will work with you to resolve the situation. In the case where you are unhappy in your workplace, this may include relocation to a new workplace.