Apprenticeships or traineeships (also known as ‘Australian Apprenticeships’) are available to anyone of working age. You do not need a secondary school certificate or other qualification to be able to do an Australian Apprenticeship but some employers may prefer their potential apprentices to have one, or have achieved minimum levels in relevant subjects at school. You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker simply wishing to change careers. You may also be able to commence your apprenticeship or traineeship while you’re still at school finishing Years 11 and 12.
Apprenticeships or traineeships provide an opportunity to train and earn an income at the same time while working towards a nationally recognised qualification. These qualifications can be at varying levels, ranging from entry level to trade and post trade levels.
Currently, in Western Australia, there are more than 80 types of apprenticeships and 400 types of traineeships available.
The difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is that a traineeship can be either full-time or part-time, is usually for around 12 months on average and is generally in a non-trade related area. In contrast, an apprenticeship usually lasts for three to four years, is generally full-time and is usually in a trade related area.