Australian Apprenticeships combine practical, paid employment with structured training in order to achieve a nationally recognised qualification. Both apprenticeships and traineeships are referred to as ‘Australian Apprenticeships'.
An apprenticeship is a type vocation training where you will earn a wage that increases incrementally over a four-year period, whilst also working towards qualification related to your industry. Apprenticeships are less broad compared to traineeships and are mainly available for trade based roles.
A traineeship is also a type of vocational training (training under a supervisor) where you earn a wage and learn about the industry and job you’re in! Traineeships cover a huge range of industries (over 700) from business-related fields such as marketing or administration, to hospitality & more!
As with any job, wage rates vary according to the industry and employer. For specific information contact the Fairwork Ombudsman on 13 13 94.
Apprenticeships and Traineeships can be completed on a Full-time basis, Part-time basis or as a School Based Apprentice.
Australian School Based Apprenticeships are a formal, structured employment and training arrangement endorsed by the school, subject to a registered Training Contract and Training Plan and linked to an industrial award or agreement. For more details contact your school’s Careers Advisor or Australian Apprenticeships NT.
Participation in an Australian Apprenticeship is open to anyone aged 15 and over. The Northern Territory Department of Trade, Business and Innovation will assess applications that vary from this on a case-by-case basis.
To search the qualification you wish to undertake, use the NT Apprenticeships and Traineeships Database.
- What is the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?
Apprenticeships generally last four years and cover traditional trade areas such as: building and construction; hairdressing; cooking; electrical; automotive; engineering and manufacturing etc. Traineeships generally cover a much wider range of occupations than apprenticeships, however the training is usually shorter, lasting between one and two years. A number of higher level qualification traineeships have now been introduced which take longer to complete. Both apprenticeships and traineeships are easily linked to further vocational education and university studies.
- I’m not sure what I want to do. Where are the best career opportunities?
GTNT know what opportunities are available across a wide range of industries and have branches in four locations across the Northern Territory. We can help you work out what will suit you best and advise you on how to achieve the career and lifestyle you want.
- What if I don’t like working with my host business?
For an apprenticeship or traineeship to be successful it is crucial to get the right fit between the apprentice or trainee and the host business. GTNT’s Employment Specialists play a vital role in monitoring the quality of the learning experience both in the workplace and off the job. They can act as a mediator to resolve any workplace issues that may arise along the way and can provide an alternative placement if this becomes necessary.
- What happens if I change my mind and I don’t want to complete the apprenticeship or traineeship?
With GTNT you have someone to directly talk through issues with. Upon commencing with GTNT you will be assigned an Employment Specialists (ES). Your ES is independent from your host business so you can discuss what is influencing your thinking. They can provide an objective perspective, explain the options you have and likely outcomes of particular actions. If you do decide to complete the apprenticeship or traineeship down the track then they can assist with a new placement at a later date.