Australian Apprenticeships are a form of employment, often for entry level workers but also suitable for career changers, return to the workforce, and upskilling.
Starting an Australian Apprenticeship can be challenging for both the apprentice or trainee and employer. This page has information about some of the common things you should be prepared for in an Australian Apprenticeship job.
Australian Apprenticeships also include education and training, so you might also want to visit our How does Training Work? page.
Our Finding an Australian Apprenticeship page has information for job hunters, and the Employer Information & Support can help employers understand their role in an Australian Apprenticeship.
Starting an Australian Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships and traineeships are very similar to other types of employment. The apprentice or trainee will be working for an employer, will have tasks and duties, and will need to meet the requirements of the contract. One difference is that an Australian Apprenticeship is formalised by a Training Contract.
The Training Contract is an agreement between the apprentice or trainee and the employer, and it is completed during the 'sign up' by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider. The AASN provider will also help everyone understand their rights and responsibilities as part of the Australian Apprenticeship. You can read about the role of AASN providers in more detail on the Who is Involved? page, or find a provider using the AASN provider search.
When first starting the Australian Apprenticeship, the apprentice or trainee will go through an induction with the employer. Depending on what the apprenticeship or traineeship is, it could involve things like health and safety, computer access, meet the other staff, and an introduction to the duties you will do.
For an employer, the induction is an important way to start teaching new staff about the business. For the apprentice or trainee, the induction is an introduction into the workplace and initial training into important elements of the role.
Employment conditions in Australia are covered by the National Employment Standards. It is important for the employer and apprentice or trainee to have a clear understanding of the employment conditions for the role. A workplace agreement may be used to cover this, including such things as wage and entitlements, hours to be worked, and workplace polices and procedures.