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Apprenticeship and traineeship training

Earn while you learn

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to gain a qualification and get paid for it.

Apprentices and trainees complete a qualification while learning skills at work under the guidance of a training provider. We will work with you and your employer throughout your apprenticeship or traineeship to develop a training plan, deliver training, assess your achievement of skills and issue your qualification upon successful completion.

Traineeships vary in length from one to two years and training happens at work and sometimes on campus. Apprenticeships usually take between three and four years to complete.

Traineeships and apprenticeships:

  • Can be full-time, part-time, or school-based
  • Involve a contract between you and your employer
  • Provide a qualification that is recognised nationally

Am I eligible to be an apprentice or trainee?

Just about anyone who wants to learn and earn is able to do an apprenticeship or traineeship, including:

  • Year 11 or 12 high school students undertaking the Queensland Certificate of Education (Senior Certificate or equivalent). Students in Year 10 may also apply.
  • People who are already working can use an apprenticeship or traineeship to recognise their skills or build on their knowledge.
  • People eligible to work in Queensland who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, have a permanent residency visa or a temporary protection visa. Other visa holders may be eligibile, please contact TAFE Queensland North to determine your eligibility.

Five steps to becoming an apprentice or trainee

  1. Choose the right apprenticeship or traineeship.
  2. Find an employer.
  3. Choose a training provider.
  4. Complete the paperwork, sign the training contract, map out your training with a training plan, keep track of what you learn with a training record.
  5. The probation period is generally one month for traineeships and three months for apprenticeships. Use this time to be sure you have selected the right career path for you.