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Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeship or traineeship?

Despite popular myth, the majority of jobs in the mining industry are not for unskilled workers who earn big money driving trucks. Most mining companies are seeking qualified and skilled tradespeople who deliver high standards of certified service, with a strong focus on safety in the workplace.

An apprenticeship is a traditional way of learning a trade such as electrical, mechanical, welding or plumbing. Apprentices are employed full-time and receive on-the-job-structured training from an experienced tradesperson as well as classroom-style theory and practical training at a college or school. The position normally lasts for four years and the salary is at a percentage of a full time tradesperson award wage.

Traineeships operate in a similar way in that they provide structured on-the-job training while being paid a part-time or full-time wage. The main difference is that traineeships are for non-trade jobs such as retail sales, clerical and administrative assistants.

Both apprenticeships and traineeships offer a head start into an industry and a steeping stone into further education or a professional career. The qualifications are also recognised nationally enabling you to travel and work.

You can start an apprenticeship and traineeship from the age of 15 either at school (school-based apprenticeships) or as a school leaver.

Given the high wages and good conditions that many tradespeople have these days, it is not surprising that apprenticeships as well as traineeships are highly sought after and very competitive.  Statistics currently indicate that people with a trade can go on to earn as much (if not more than) as those with a university degree.

You can improve your chances of winning a position by:

  • developing positive relationships with prospective employers
  • learning about the industry or sector
  • undertaking work experience
  • preparing and maintaining an up-to-date resume of your personal and work skills
  • constantly researching job advertisements, on-line job sites and networking with family and friends
  • visiting a Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider

Apply to become an apprentice now:

Find a list of companies that employ and train apprentices here

For more information, visit the Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services website.