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Apprenticeships and traineeships

North Regional TAFE is a leader in training apprentices and trainees in the North West. Hosting the largest number of apprentices and trainees in the region, NR TAFE is equipped and experienced in providing high quality and industry relevant training.

What are apprenticeships and traineeships?

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine paid employment with structured training, and result in a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships and traineeships are available to anyone of working age, including school students, school-leavers, those re-entering the workforce, or those simply wanting a career change. Offered in a range of industry areas, participants can complete their qualification by learning skills both at work and under the guidance of a training provider. NR TAFE works with you and your employer to develop a training plan, deliver training, provide support, assess your achievement of skills and issue you with a qualification upon successful completion.

An apprentice or traineeship arrangement includes:

• A training plan, negotiated between the student, their employer and NR TAFE
• Structured on-the-job training
• Paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement
• Full-time, part-time or school based options
• The option of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as part of the assessment for completion

Difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship

Apprentices are trained in a skilled trade
Once successfully completed, apprentices become a qualified tradesperson in areas such as automotive mechanics, carpentry and joinery, or commercial cookery as a chef. Apprenticeships generally take three – four years to complete, depending on the qualification.

Trainees are trained in vocational areas
Once successfully completed, trainees receive a qualification in their chosen area such as business administration, agriculture or childcare. Traineeships generally take between nine months – two years depending on the qualification.

Becoming an apprentice or trainee

Finding an employer to hire you as an apprentice or trainee can be challenging. To give you the best opportunity, NRT recommends the following:

  • Research the industry you are interested in
  • Participate in a ‘Try a Trade’ program where available
  • Volunteer with a business to get work experience
  • Speak with NRT about preparing your resume
  • Introduce yourself to businesses you would like to work for and circulate your resume
  • Contact a Jobs and Skills Centre or outreach service located at NR TAFE's campuses
Industry areas in which you can undertake an apprenticeship/traineeship
  • ​​​​​Agriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Art Administration
  • Automotive
  • Beauty and Hairdressing
  • Business Services, Financial Services, Human Resources and Management
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Community Services, Aged Care, Children and Youth Services
  • Commercial Cookery
  • Conservation and Land Management
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Fabrication
  • Health and Safety
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Logistics and Warehousing
  • Mechanical
  • Music
  • Retail
  • Sport, Fitness and Recreation
  • Surface Extraction Operations
  • Tourism
Hiring an apprentice or trainee

What’s in it for your business?

NR TAFE offers flexible apprenticeship and traineeship courses to fit in with your business needs. As an established training provider, we understand the trends, demands, challenges and opportunities of our region. We specialise in training which provides your apprentice or trainee with a solid knowledge base and work readiness skills. This may be done on-campus, online, on-the-job, or a combination of all delivery methods. Your employee’s apprenticeship or traineeship will be developed in consultation with you, the employer. This approach features more flexible options, backed by extra support services.

Financial incentives
The Australian Government provides employers with financial incentives to employ apprentices/trainees including school based apprentices, adult apprentices and out of contract apprentices. The State Government also provides payroll tax exemptions for employers of apprentices and trainees.

Employing an apprentice or trainee
You can employ an apprentice/trainee directly or become a host employer through a group training organisation. The GTO employs the apprentice or trainee and hosts them to suitable businesses. GTOs offer a range of support to your business such as ongoing mentoring, pre-employment programs, hiring and placement of candidates. GTOs are also helpful if you cannot guarantee work for the full term of the apprenticeship or traineeship, or you do not want the additional administrative workload. An employer can recruit an apprentice or trainee in the same fashion as you would recruit other employees. To sign up an apprentice or trainee, contact one of the AASN providers listed below.

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Contacts

Apprenticeship Support Australia CCI

Phone: 1300 363 831
Kimberley contact: 0429 106 785
Karratha contact: 0488 919 159
Port Hedland contact: 0438 716 583
Newman contact: 0417 925 554
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The Apprenticeship Community

Phone: (08) 6165 3362
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Download NR TAFE's 2021 Apprenticeship and Traineeship brochure


Page last updated December 09, 2020