Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

You may not realise this, but apprenticeships and traineeships are available for anyone of working age.

You don’t have to be a school leaver – you just have to be employed, or about to be employed! In fact, many apprentices and trainees these days have already spent some time in the workforce and are looking to change careers.

The benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship include being able to:

  • earn while you learn
  • graduate with a nationally recognised qualification
  • undertake training on-the-job at your workplace, off-the-job at TasTAFE, or a combination of both
  • develop new and existing skills under the guidance of your employer and TasTAFE’s teachers.

The length of training will vary according to the qualification and any prior experience and training you may have. Traineeships typically take between six months and two years, while apprenticeships are usually three or four years.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be done on either a full-time or part-time basis.

You can also be involved in a School-based Apprenticeship, where you spend part of your time at school and the rest on-the-job.

Is there an age limit?

Anyone of working age can start an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Many school students in Years 10–12 commence Australian Apprenticeships while still at school.

For more information on school-based and Australian Apprenticeships, please visit the Department of Education website or Australian Apprenticeships website.

What qualifications are available through an Australian Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are offered at Certificate III level, whereas traineeships are generally available from Certificate II through to the Advanced Diploma level.

For more information on Australian apprenticeships, please visit their website.


If you are thinking about undertaking an apprenticeship but want more of an idea about a particular trade area before you commit to undertaking the formal qualification, a pre-apprenticeship program may be a good option for you.

It’s also a great study choice if you want to increase your chances of securing an apprenticeship.

You do not need to have an employer for this program.

FAQs for Apprentices and Trainees

Apprenticeships and Traineeships offered by TasTAFE