Apprenticeship and Traineeship – What’s the Difference?
Apprenticeship and traineeship are similar in that you get hands-on experience from the actual work environment.
You get to apply the theoretical and practical training you learned in the classroom in real situations, and you also get paid.
Apprenticeships and traineeships in Queensland also give you nationally recognised qualifications upon completion of the programs.
How are they different? The biggest differences are the time it takes to complete your apprenticeships and traineeships, the areas of learnings to focus on, and the pay you might receive.
Apprenticeships allow you to hone trade skills (e.g., electrical, automotive mechanic, plumbing, engineering), while traineeships help you excel in a vocational area (e.g., tourism, business administration, project management).
Apprenticeships take 3 to 4 years to complete. Traineeships are usually shorter, 1 to 2 years.
Why should you consider apprenticeships or traineeships?
Here are some benefits of traineeships/apprenticeships:
Start earning a weekly wage.
Flexible training that will help develop your skills and knowledge through industry
experienced and qualified trainers.
Learn with the latest tech and tools and in supportive environments.
Graduate with a nationally recognised qualification.
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How to get that job
Find the apprenticeship/traineeship for you,
Make sure you are prepared with a cover letter and resume.
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Earn & Learn
Graduate with your nationally recognised qualification.
Earn and Learn
Whether you choose to be an apprentice or trainee with us, you will be employed by Prestige Staffing Solutions while you complete your apprenticeship or traineeship.
You will be paid weekly for the hours of work you have completed.
We will place you with one of our hand-picked clients to achieve your hours of work in your chosen industry. We call this ‘hosting’—you will have a ‘host employer’ to assist you in becoming industry-experienced and qualified.
Apprenticeships jobs available in Queensland
We work with various industries and incredible employers who support our values and mission to provide young Australians with education and employment.
As a trainee or apprentice, you could find yourself working with one of our clients in the following fields:
- Hotels and resorts
- Clubs and pubs
- Sporting clubs
- Event centres
- Function venues
- Wedding venues
- Recreational sporting venues
- Food retailers
- Tourist attractions
- Theme parks
- Gourmet delis
- Retail outlets
- Jewellery chains
- Beauty retail
- Hair retail
- Health and wellness outlets
- Cleanliness management
- Educational facilities
- IT services
- Corporates offices
- Small businesses
- Project management
- Law firms
- Accounting firms
- Real estate offices
- Aged care facilities
- Health care providers
Useful Links to Find Out More from the Queensland Government on School-Based Traineeships
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Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Frequently Asked Questions
You should think about your interests and the things that you enjoy doing. This will guide you on what area to focus on and whether an apprenticeship or traineeship suits you.
Then, you’ll need to find an employer in your chosen industry that offers or is willing to take you as an apprentice or trainee. Prestige Staffing Solutions searches for a host employer for you.
You can look into the market demand for an occupation that interests you and the trends. You might want to lean towards industry trends that offer more career options, then choose a niche you want to focus on.
When choosing a training provider, you need to understand what the organization requires, how the study sessions are organized, whether they offer work flexibility, how the assessments are conducted, and whether the course is funded, or how much you’ll have to pay.
You’ll find apprenticeships and traineeships for those under 25 years old, adult and mature age, school-based, and full-time or part-time.
If you’re under 25, the Queensland government may cover the cost of your apprenticeship or traineeship with a training organization if you’re undertaking one until 30 June 2023.
No matter your age, you can still undertake apprenticeships and traineeships. Your maturity, existing skills, and experience give you an advantage. You may get credit for a shorter training time, earn higher wages than younger apprentices and trainees, and qualify for incentives through the Australian Government.
Meanwhile, a school-based apprenticeships and traineeships are for you if you’re in high school (year 10, 11, or 12). It will take twice the full-time apprenticeships/traineeships, and it will contribute towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
Finally, a full-time apprentice or trainee spends 38 hours per week on average for the program, with ongoing employment. If you’re part-time, you need 15 hours per weekly, and the nominal term is double that of the full-time.
The minimum age to be eligible for an apprenticeship or traineeship in QLD varies depending on the occupation. In general, you must be at least 13 years old. If you’re under 18, you must provide signed consent from your parent or guardian.
There’s no maximum age limit for mature-age apprenticeships or traineeships. Whether you’re 40 or 50, you can still apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship program.
That depends on your interests. Again, apprenticeships train you in a skilled trade, while traineeships provide hands-on experience in vocational areas.
Apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job and in-class training, while traineeships don’t usually include studies. Apprenticeships take longer to complete, while traineeship programs require less time.
The payment rates for apprentices and trainees in QLD vary per employer and occupation, and special rates and conditions may apply. You’ll get an apprentice or trainee pay rate if you have a formal training contract with the employer.
On average, apprentices in Australia earn $28 per hour, while trainees earn $16 per hour. You can use Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay Calculator Tool to get an idea based on your chosen occupation.
You may also contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 to know what your wage should be or when you can expect to earn higher wages.
When you’ve completed all the training and assessment required under an apprenticeship or traineeship program, you’ll receive a qualification certificate from the training organization. You’ll also get a certificate of completion from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.
Now that you have the skills and a nationally recognised qualification, you can kick start your career or further your studies.
Yes, you could fail the assessments, which might mean the chosen program might not be suitable for you. You may want to reconsider other options.
Your training employer may also fire you for valid reasons. Apprentices are subject to the same work terms and conditions in regular employment. Call your apprenticeship support provider to know your options.
Yes, you can change your training organisation, especially if it’s not performing its responsibilities as stated in the contract. You may choose another employer, and you’ll have to sign a new training contract and complete another probationary period.
If you have issues with your training organisation, like you’re not being treated fair in the workplace like other employees, try to resolve them first and work things out, so you’ll save time and costs and continue with your training.
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