Site Skills Training  Apprenticeships and Traineeships are a combination of paid work and off-the-job training. If successfully completed you will gain a nationally recognised trade qualification.

Most apprenticeships are competency based, and will take about 3 to 4 years to complete, although in certain circumstances, provided you have achieved all the required competencies, you may complete earlier.

Quick Facts About Apprenticeships and Traineeships

  • Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work with structured training.
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time, part-time, or school-based – where some of the training is undertaken while the apprentice or trainee is in high school.
  • Existing employees may undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships require employers to enter into a training contract with the apprentice or trainee.
  • Employers work with a training organisation and the apprentice or trainee to draw up a training plan.
  • Training options must be negotiated and outlined in the training plan. Aspects of training that are open to negotiation (subject to training package requirements) include: selection, content and sequencing or competency units, timing, location and mode of delivery, and the trainer or facilitator.


View Available Apprenticeships and Traineeships In Each State and Territiroy 

  • Queensland

  • Western Australia

  • Northern Territory 


Difference Between an Apprentice and a Trainee

Apprentices are trained in a skilled trade, such as electrical, plumbing, cabinet-making and automotive. Upon completion, apprentices become a qualified tradesperson.

Trainees are trained in vocational areas, such as office administration, information technology and tourism. Upon successful completion, a trainee will receive a qualification in their chosen vocational area

Who Can Do An Apprenticeship / Traineeship?

There has never been a better time to do an apprenticeship or traineeship. Skilled people are hard to find, job vacancies are readily available, and there is a range of government financial initiatives to assist with costs.

Please note that while apprenticeships and traineeships are generally are aimed at young people entering the workforce, there are opportunities for other groups such as:

  • Mature age
  • Indigenous
  • Women re-entering the workforce after a long absence
  • People with disabilities


Contact Site Skills Training to discuss your situation with an employment consultant if you classify yourself as a member of one of these groups.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Start An Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

Generally, you need to have the following:

  • Minimum age is 15
  • Minimum education requirement is a Year 10 pass in Maths and English.


Will I Get Paid?

Yes, you will get paid according to the relevant award or workplace agreement covering the trade you have chosen.


How Do I Register With Site Skills Training?

To register interest for an apprenticeship or traineeship today, fill out the enquiry form and speak with a career advisor and discuss your possibilities.