What is a Traineeship?

Australian Apprenticeships are nationally recognised training programs where employees learn and work at the same time with a combine work and structured training. The key to Australian Apprenticeships is assessment against nationally endorsed competency standards. Training is targeted to those areas where an employee is not already competent.

Although they vary from one industry to another, traineeships include:

  •  Earn while you Learn
  • Paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement (for example, an award or enterprise agreement) 
  • A Training Contract that is signed by both the employer and employee (trainee) and registered with the Training Services NSW – NSW Department of Industry. The only exceptions to this rule are trainee apprentices.
  • A qualification, delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), that meets the requirements of a declared traineeship in NSW and leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

They cover full or part-time paid work and training, and can be delivered entirely on the job. 
Traineeships provide real benefits for your business, your Trainee contributes to your bottom line with practical skills and knowledge acquired through his or her training. No two businesses are the same, and that is why Traineeships have been designed to be flexible, providing nationally recognised quality training developed by industry for industry.

How have Traineeships changed?

During the past few years, a number of significant improvements have been made to the traineeship system in NSW to make training more flexible. For example, some traineeships in NSW can now be:

  • delivered completely in the workplace
  • customised to meet the needs of employers
  • delivered part-time
  • offered to existing workers (workers currently in the workforce)
  • offered to school students
  • established in new industries and at higher qualification levels
  • easily linked to further vocational education, training and university studies

What types of traineeships are available?

There are two categories of traineeships available:

  • New Entrant Traineeships:  New employees who have been employed for less than 3 months full-time and 12 months part-time, or we can assist the organisation to find a new employee
  • Existing Worker Traineeships:  For existing employees who have been employed longer than 3 months full-time or 12 months part-time

School based part-time traineeships are a recent introduction and allow school students to undertake a traineeship in conjunction with their HSC studies.