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The Difference between an Apprenticeship and Traineeship


Often the question is asked “what’s the difference between an apprenticeship and traineeship?”

Let’s start with what apprenticeships and traineeships have in common.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are educational pathways to gaining real, practical work experience while completing a nationally accredited qualification.  Both apprenticeships and traineeships are easily linked to further education and university studies.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time, part-time, or school-based - where some of the training is undertaken while the apprentice or trainee is in high school.

Commencing an apprenticeship or traineeship is the same for all, no matter what age.  Apprenticeships and traineeships are not just for young people, and at times older apprentices and trainees can receive recognition for their existing skills and experience which may provide credits and reduce the training time.

So, now let’s talk about how apprenticeships and traineeships are different.


Apprenticeships generally take four years to complete and cover traditional trade areas such as building and construction, hairdressing, cooking, electrical, automotive, engineering and manufacturing. 

Apprenticeship qualifications are completed at a certificate level III or above. When an apprentice completes their apprenticeship they become a qualified tradesperson.


Traineeships generally cover a much wider range of occupations than apprenticeships, however the training is usually shorter, lasting between one and two years

Trainees are trained in vocational areas such as office administration, information technology and tourism. Upon successful completion, a trainee will receive a qualification in their chosen vocational area.

Where to from here?  If you are interested in completing an apprenticeship or traineeship, register your interest at www.goldenwest.org.au All news
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