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Apprenticeships and Traineeships - What is the Difference?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great choice for school leavers who want to make a career in the resources industry because they offer: 
  • The ability to learn valuable trade skills on the job.
  • The chance to get paid while you learn.
  • Nationally recognised accreditation and skills.
  • A strictly regulated learning environment.

What’s the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are very similar in that you learn a skill on the job while receiving supplementary education. Apprenticeships usually last for four years while a traineeship will last anywhere from 12 months to two years. 
Generally an apprenticeship is in a traditional technical trade like bricklaying or carpentry. At the end of your study you’ll become a qualified tradesperson. A traineeship is in a non-trade, vocational area like office administration or information technology. When you complete a traineeship you’ll receive a minimum of Certificate II in your chosen area.

Where you will study

Depending on your location, you’ll study at either a State Training Provider or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Both are governed by strict government-regulated guidelines and offer the same accredited qualifications.

Minimum age requirements

The minimum age for entering into an apprenticeship is 16; however, there are also apprenticeships and traineeships specifically targeted to adults.

Where to get more information

The web has lots of information relating specifically to Resource Industry apprenticeships and traineeships.
We’ve scoured the web and found some links to help you get started.


New South Wales


Western Australia


South Australia


Australian Capital Territory

Northern Territory

Highly regarded by industry groups and employers, apprenticeships and traineeships are the perfect stepping stone to get a start in the energy industry. With these in-demand skills behind you, the sky’s the limit.
Visit our Training and Development section for more information. 
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