What are Australian Apprenticeships?
Australian Apprenticeships is the new name for the scheme formerly known as ‘New Apprenticeships’.
Australian Apprenticeships still encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.
Where can I find detailed information about specific apprenticeships and traineeships?
Find the Australian Apprenticeships Centre closest to you by telephoning 13 38 73, or visit:
They can help with:
- the apprenticeships or traineeships available in that industry
- how to employ an apprentice or trainee
- the roles of the various players
- financial incentives, both State and Commonwealth
- useful contacts
- how to find a registered training organisation
- sample training plans
- your responsibilities
- training tips.
What industries are apprenticeships and traineeships available in?
Apprenticeships and traineeships are available in the following industries:
• Aeroskills • Agriculture • Arts, Media & Entertainment
• Automotive • Building & Constructio • Business
• Carpentry • Community Services & Health • Electrician
• Electrotechnology • Engineering • Finance • Food Production
• Forests • Furnishing • Horticulture • Hospitality & Tourism
• Information Technology • Minerals, Energy & Environment
• Plumbing • Printing • Process Manufacturing
• Public Administration • Racing / Veterinary • Seafood
• Sport Industry & Outdoor Recreation Industry
• Textiles, Clothing & Footwear • Transport & Distribution
• Wholesale, Retail & Personal Services
What are Pre-Apprenticeship courses?
Contact your local training provider for more information on Pre-Apprenticeship Courses that they may offer. PACs are not very common in NT and not every RTO does them or does them on a regular basis.
A list of approved Pre-Apprenticeship courses and the related reduction in nominal duration of the apprenticeship training contract they provide can be found through:
How much will I be paid?
As an apprentice/trainee, you are generally covered by the same employment rights as other employees. However, you are also subject to the conditions of your training contract. You will be paid an apprentice or trainee wage depending on the relevant industrial award or agreement.
The training contract is an agreement that you and your employer sign detailing the training provided, the qualification to be achieved and explains your obligations to your employer and your employer’s obligations to you. It also confirms any off-the-job training you will get, which is delivered by a registered training organisation (this may also be your employer if they are a registered training organisation).
You can expect to be taken away from routine work duties for structured training. Talk to your registered training organisation and employer about how this works.
Can a training contract be changed?
During the probationary period the training contract can be cancelled by either the apprentice or trainee or their employer.
After this period:
- An apprenticeship or traineeship can be cancelled or suspended by either the employer or the apprentice/trainee.
- An apprenticeship or traineeship can only be varied by mutual consent from both the employer and apprentice/trainee.
If you are unsure if you are an apprentice or trainee, ask an Australian Apprenticeships Centre (AAC ).
Find the Australian apprenticeships centre closest to you by telephoning 13 38 73, or visit
Can I do an apprenticeship or traineeship while I’m still at secondary school?
The Australian School-based Apprenticeships program (formerly known as School Based New Apprenticeships) for secondary school students is open to students in Years 11 or 12 who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. The program involves the student undertaking their final years at school as well as being employed and trained under the following arrangements:
- Covered by a training contract, which links to an industrial award or agreement
- A negotiated training plan leading to a nationally recognised qualification
- Paid a training wage or apprentice wage for the time you spend on-the-job with your employer.
Contact your school’s careers adviser for more detail.
How can I start to look for an apprenticeship or traineeship?
If you are thinking of becoming an apprentice or trainee, the best place to start is the “Steps to find an Australian Apprenticeship” section of the Australian Apprenticeships website.
The Australian Apprenticeships website clearly lays out, step by step, what to do to find an apprenticeship or traineeship, including:
- useful websites to help you decide on an industry you want to work in, as well as information on job prospects and weekly earnings
- ways to find job vacancies
- how to market yourself
- how to apply for positions and write an application
- ways to increase your chances of success at interviews.
It also provides information about Commonwealth incentives and personal assistance available when an employer hires an Australian Apprentice.
How do I find an employer who is willing to offer me an apprenticeship or traineeship?
Finding an apprenticeship or traineeship is the same as looking for any job. You can:
- look at job advertisements in newspapers
- tell everyone you know that you are looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship
- search the Internet jobs database at www.jobsearch.gov.au
- contact your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/search/aacsearch.asp
- ask your careers counsellor at school
- check local and state newspapers.
If you are finding it difficult to find an employer who will offer you an apprenticeship or traineeship, contact your nearest Australian Apprenticeships Centre.
Find the Australian apprenticeships centre closest to you by telephoning 13 38 73, or visit:
Check out the section of Job Guide website for useful tips on writing a job application and making a good impression at job interviews:
Australian Apprenticeships NT
Local call in NT: 1300 137 130
Phone: 08 8953 3311 Fax: 08 8953 4090
19 Hartley Street, Alice Springs, NT, 870