To Become a Trainee

What is a traineeship?

Traineeships are an excellent way to combine training with work, enabling you to have a job while you complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. They are available to anyone of a working age.

You can do a traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your traineeship while you’re still at school. When you finish your traineeship you will have a nationally recognised qualification that’s held in high regard in many overseas countries as well.

Why become a trainee?


Traineeships offer you:

  • paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both
  • ‘competency based’ which means you can complete your training faster if you reach the required skills level
  • existing skills and prior experience are recognised and course credit granted, potentially reducing formal training time. Available as full-time or part-time, or while you are still at school
  • pathways to nationally recognised qualifications and skills which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of your working life
  • a pathway from school to work


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.


Employers may require 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 your local Job and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 or visit the Jobs and Skills website to find the centre closest to you.



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?


If you are a new worker trainee, the Department of Training and Workforce Development funds most of your training.

If you are an existing trainee, funding may be available if you are doing a Certificate IV or above in a skilled shortage area.

While trainees are required to pay some fees to their Registered Training Organisation, some employers may offer to pay this on your behalf.


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 your local Jobs & Skills Centre.

How do I become a trainee?


Once you’ve found an employer willing to take you on as a trainee, you’ll both need to sign a training contract to formalise and register the arrangement. Your employer will arrange for an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider (AASN) to come out and complete the training contract. At this time you will also decide which Registered Training Provider (RTO) you will complete your training with.


When does the training commence?


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


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


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


If you are having a problem or have any questions during your traineeship, the first person to call is the AASN you signed your training contract with.

However, for specific concerns you may also want to try:


  • For issues regarding the registration of your training contract, contact The Apprenticeship Office on 13 19 54 or visit their website
  • For issues regarding wages or award conditions, contact Wageline on 1300 655 266 or visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website
  • For issues regarding the training being delivered, contact your Registered Training Organisation.


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