If you are the sort of person that likes to learn by ‘doing’, a traineeship or apprenticeship may be an option for you, as you can gain a nationally recognised qualification while working. Apprentices and trainees can complete their training at training providers, while earning a wage.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a training program designed to provide an apprentice with employment that enables them to learn a trade and gain nationally recognised trade qualifications. It provides the opportunity for structured training on and off the job in a full time or part time paid position, which can last up to 4 years. Apprenticeships are available to people 15 years and older. Some examples of Apprenticeships are Plumbing, Building and Construction, Landscape Gardening and Floristry.

What is a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is a training program designed to provide a trainee with employment that enables them to learn about a non-trade area and gain nationally recognised qualifications. Traineeships provide the opportunity for training courses on and off the job in a full time or part time position, which usually lasts up to 12 months. Traineeships are available to any age group. Some traineeships extend longer than 12 months. Some examples of Traineeships are: Hospitality, Retail and Business Administration

What is an Australian School Based Apprenticeship?

An ASBA is a part time job (you get money while attending school!), a traineeship (an entry into your chosen profession) and can also count as a VCE or VCAL subject. School based apprenticeships require you to work approximately two days per week (sometimes weekends or out of school hours) and attend school for three days. It is a terrific opportunity for you to start your career pathway and will provide you with workskills, training and income. SBA’s can be undertaken in hospitality, automotive, fitness, business, floristry, agriculture, racing, asset maintenance, and many others

What is a Pre-Apprenticeship?

Pre-apprenticeships are short intensive programs from three to six months in duration, conducted at a training campus on a full-time basis. These three to six months are usually the first weeks of the first year of a full apprenticeship, and this is why they are very appealing to prospective employers! Quite often employers prefer hiring apprentices who have completed a pre-apprenticeship because they have this experience and it is a great way for them to ‘pre select’. Completing a pre-apprenticeship will provide you with practical skills to find a job, or provide you with a pathway into an apprenticeship program. You will need to contact your local training providers to see who runs pre apprenticeships, and quite often you will be asked to complete an ‘Expression of Interest’ form. In Bendigo these courses are run at BRIT and CVGT. For more information or contact details for BRIT & CVGT, check out their websites: www.britafe.vic.edu.au/index.php and http://www.cvgt.com.au/

NB: Traineeship and Apprenticeship wages can be accessed via the wagenet 1800 number in your local phone book, or at their website. Wages can be subject to a variety of conditions, it is best to discuss this with your training organisation.