Apprenticeships and Traineeships 

Information for Apprentices and Trainees  |  Information for Employers


Apprenticeships and traineeships provide a gateway to great jobs and real hands on training in almost any field of employment. Whether you’re interested in a career in building and construction, business or hairdressing, an Australian apprenticeship or traineeship means you earn while you learn and gain a heap of onsite experience while you’re at it!

For employers apprenticeships and traineeships form the backbone of new employment in many Australian industries. They enable people to kick start their employment while they are learning and also offer employers great financial incentives for taking on new staff.

Information for Apprentices and Trainees

Information for Apprentices and Trainees

Apprenticeships and traineeships are available across more than 500 occupations. Opportunities are not only available in the more tradition trades like building and construction, electrical, engineering, plumbing and automotive, but now also in hospitality and tourism, hair and beauty, sport and recreation, business, horticulture and much much more.

GippsTAFE’s apprenticeship and traineeship programs can help you achieve your employment goals across a number of different career paths.

Benefits to Apprentices

When you secure an apprenticeship you have secured a unique opportunity to kick start your career and gain valuable on the job experience all while gaining a nationally recognised qualification. You will be earning while you learn which means there is no need to put your life on hold while you study.

There are a number of Government benefits and assistance available to Australian Apprentices. These benefits may change and you should refer to the Australian Apprenticeships website for information of those currently available.

In 2012 Australian Apprentices may be eligible for assistance through the following:

  • Tools For Your Trade payment initiative
  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payment initiative
  • Living Away From Home Allowance
  • Assistance for Australian Apprentices with Disability
  • Australian School-based Apprenticeships

Other assistance or incentives may be available from your state training authority. Please consult the Skills Victoria website for further information.

How do I begin an apprenticeship/traineeship?

Firstly you will need to secure employment as a trainee or apprentice. Your local Australian Apprentice Centre can assist you to find and apply for apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

Once you have found a position your employer must register your traineeship or apprenticeship with their local Australian Apprenticeship Centre. Part of this process will be the selection of a Registered Training Organisation, such as GippsTAFE, which will provide your formal training, off-the-job, on-the-job, or as a combination of both.

What can I do to improve my chances of securing an apprenticeship?

For those who are having trouble securing a suitable apprenticeship or who would like to get ahead of the pack GippsTAFE offers a number of pre-apprenticeship courses.

These entry level courses provide you with skills and knowledge to increase your chances of securing an apprenticeship. In some instances these courses can shorten the length of your apprenticeship by providing you with the same off-the-job training as a first year apprentice.

To find out more about apprenticeships in Australia visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Information for Employers

Information for Employers 

No matter what your business, investing in an apprentice or trainee can bring real rewards. Your staff will develop skills and knowledge akin to the needs and requirements of your business with access to flexible training solutions and nationally recognised qualifications.

Benefits to employers

The Australian Government offers a range of incentives for eligible employers of apprentices and/or trainees, particularly in areas of recognised skills shortages.

In 2012 Employers of an Australian Apprentice may be eligible for assistance through the following:

  • Standard, Additional and Special incentives
  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices
  • Assistance for Australian Apprentices with Disability
  • Support for employing an Australian School-based Apprentice
    Declared Drought area incentive
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage incentive
  • Mature Aged Worker incentive

Assistance for employers of Australian Apprentices is subject to change and you should refer to the Australian Apprenticeships website for information of assistance currently available.

How can I hire an apprentice?

For comprehensive information on enlisting an apprentice visit the Australian Apprenticeships website

More information

For more information about Apprenticeship and Traineeship programs at GippsTAFE please contact:

Lauren Stevens
Phone: (03) 5127 0208