Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Hands-on, practical learning experience

Embark on a rewarding journey of learning and growth with apprenticeships in the construction industry.

Overview

What are apprenticeships and traineeships?

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine classroom learning with on-the-job training, where you’ll work for a real boss, at a real job, and earn a real wage – all while studying towards a nationally recognised qualification in your chosen trade or field of construction.

Apprenticeships and traineeships (which are sometimes both called ‘Australian Apprenticeships’) work on a ‘competency-based training’ model – which means you’ll study at a registered training organisation (RTO) and complete your assessments onsite at your workplace, signed off by your employer.

Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship or traineeship, you’ll have the official qualifications, skills, and years of experience to move straight into the workforce.

Okay, so what’s the difference?

Apprenticeships vs traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships might seem similar, but there are some key differences. Both apprenticeships and traineeships offer an amazing opportunity to earn while you learn, and they can set you up for a successful career in the construction industry.

Apprenticeships

Traineeships

Outcome

You will be a qualified tradesperson (like an electrician, plumber or cabinet-maker)

Outcome

You will be skilled in a vocation (like a pipelayer, concreter, rigger)

Duration

Non-school based:
3-4 years full-time/8 years part-time

School-based:
2 years at school, plus 2-3 years full-time after school

Duration

Non-school based:
1-2 years full-time/2-4 years part-time

School-based:
2 years

Working hours

Non-school based:
38+ hours per week full-time (includes time spent working and learning)

School-based:
7.5+ hours per week (work only)

Working hours

Non-school based:
38+ hours per week full-time (includes time spent working and learning)

School-based:
7.5+ hours per week (work only)

The above information has been sourced from this Queensland Government article: Compare different types of apprenticeships and traineeships.