To Become a Trainee

Why become a trainee?


  • Kick start your career — Career-wise there's room to move up and a traineeship helps you get your foot in the door.
  • Earn while you learn — A trainee makes real money while they learn.
  • Do interesting and varied work — There are over 400 different traineeships to choose from.
  • Learn on and off the job — Learn new skills by working and training on the job and off the job with a registered training organisation.
  • Gain qualifications — You can get a nationally recognised industry qualification which can give you an edge in the employment market.


What are a trainee's obligations?


A trainee is obliged to:


  • Cooperate with the employer in order to achieve the desired training outcomes
  • Attend the off-the-job, external or on-the-job training as required and apply themselves to the agreed training plan
  • Complete all of the work set by the Registered Training Organisation
  • Keep a record of achievements both at work and training.

What school results do I need to have?

Most traineeships require you to have basic numeracy and literacy skills. Completion of Year 10 is usually required. However, an interest or flair for the particular industry is also an important consideration.


Employers may requiree additional criteria such as some previous training or a higher level of schooling.


The most important thing is to make sure that you can cope with the course.

There are also options available if you need assistance such as remedial training, literacy & numeracy training, and support & assistance from your employer.


For information on available assistance contact the Career Centre on 13 23 98 or visit the Career Centre website.



What rates of pay apply to traineeships?


Trainees must be employed under an Industry Award or Workplace Agreement.


Details of rates applicable are available from Wageline on 1300 655 266.



Who pays for the training?


The Department of Training and Workforce Development pays for approved off-the-job training.

Training conducted in the workplace is the responsibility of the employer.


How are trainees recruited?


Recruitment can occur through a number of avenues which are available to both prospective trainees and employers:


  • Local Job Networks
  • Group Training Schemes
  • Secondary school career advisors
  • Recruitment advertisements in the newspapers
  • Recruitment advertisements in internet employment sites
  • Work experience
  • Word of mouth
  • The direct approach, where a prospective trainee contacts a business directly


For more information on how to look for and apply for jobs visit all you need to know about applying for jobs.

Which traineeship am I in?


Your signed copy of the training agreement states the title of the traineeship which you are undertaking.


If in doubt, please talk to either your employer or your allocated ApprentiCentre Support Officer.


Which TAFE/off-the-job provider do I attend?


The Department of Training and Workforce Development now has a user choice policy for off-the-job training in place, and will send each new trainee and their employer a list of providers contracted to deliver the particular course related to the traineeship. From this list, the employer and trainee discuss training requirements and reach agreement on the selection of a provider.
Another registered provider may be chosen but the employer will be responsible for all delivery costs.


When does the off-the-job training commence?


Schedules for off-the-job training vary for each traineeship. The RTO will notify you shortly before training is due to take place.


Contact your allocated ApprentiCentre Support Officer for further assistance, should you have any queries about the commencement of off-the-job training.


Who do I go to if I have any problems or questions during my traineeship?


If the concern is:


  • about the training contract or a dispute with your employer, contact the ApprentiCentre on 13 19 54 or visit their website
  • about wages or award conditions, contact Wageline on 1300 655 266 or visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website
  • about the training being delivered, contact your Registered Training Organisation.


How to be Marketable


You can do a number of things including:


  • Undertake work experience - see if there are any pre-traineeship options (such as TAFE courses) which will not only give you credit in a traineeship, but will help you to decide if you're choosing the right career
  • Put together a resume
  • For a list of TAFE courses offered in WA visit the Training WA website.


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