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A beginner's guide to apprenticeships and traineeships

20-Jan-2014 Are you new to the world of apprenticeships and traineeships, either as an employer looking to take on an apprentice or trainee or an individual looking to grow your skillset and improve your employability?

There are a number of similarities and differences between apprenticeships and traineeships that you should be aware of.

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a vocational qualification that combines both on and off the job training. Individuals can undertake traineeships in a wide variety of diverse fields, including areas such as Business Administration, Information Technology, Community Services and Hospitality.

A traineeship typically takes between one or two years to complete, and there are also higher level qualification traineeships available that offer an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the industry.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships also combine on and off the job training and include traditional skilled trade industries such as construction, engineering, electrical, automotive and plumbing. Upon completion of an apprenticeship, an individual will become a qualified tradesperson.

Most apprenticeships will take around three to four years to complete and further training can then be undertaken through university study or other vocational education.

What about group training?

All across Australia, Group Training Organisations (GTOs) work with individuals and host businesses to help facilitate both apprenticeships and traineeships, acting as the individual's employer and taking on all of the associated paperwork and responsibilities.

Individuals looking to begin an apprenticeship, but unsure about which option is best for them, should get in touch with a local GTO to discuss the opportunities available to them.

Likewise, businesses considering taking on an apprentice or trainee should contact their nearest GTO to learn more about the advantages and benefits associated with expanding their workforce.