An Apprenticeship is a traditional way that people have learned the skills of a particular trade. As an apprentice, you have a job with an employer and you undertake off the job training with an organisation such as TAFE. You will normally attend this training 1 day per week, or possibly as a block of five days every five weeks. This will tend to vary according to your job and where you live.
Apprenticeships normally take four years to complete. Like any employee, you are entitled to sick leave, holidays and other benefits.
As an apprentice, you get:
Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website click here.
Another really useful site is the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways site - it has a lot of useful information and you can access it here.
Australian Apprenticeships are similar to Apprenticeships and cover both apprenticeships and traineeships. They cover more areas than the traditional apprenticeships and are competency based. This means that achieving a complete apprenticeship (or traineeship) is not so linked to a set period of time, but rather, demonstrating that you have developed the required knowledge and skills for that occupation. If you learn quickly, it means that you can complete your training sooner. There are now Australian Apprenticeships available in more than 500 occupations.
Training for an apprenticeship is quite flexible - it can be on the job (with your employer), off the job (with a training provider such as TAFE Qld) or a mixture of both.
To see potential career pathways within certain industries, you can look at the Job Pathways Charts - you can access these at www.aapathways.com.au/Career-Resources/Job-Pathway-Charts-Link/Job-Pathways-Charts-PDF.
When applying for Apprenticeships and Traineeships (and a lot of other jobs), you will often have to do an Aptitude Test. These are designed to see how well you are suited to a particular type of job or industry. You can try practice Aptitude Tests for a range of different industries at www.aapathways.com.au/Career-Resources/Practice-Aptitude-Quizzes