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Australian Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Australian School-based Apprenticeships

Australian Apprenticeships

The term Australian Apprenticeship refers to the combination of paid work with an employer and structured vocational training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) such as CIT. Australian Apprenticeships include apprenticeships, traineeships, and Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbAs). They can be full-time, part-time, or school-based. They can be done by anyone of working age with eligibility to work in Australia.

This type of training allows you to learn a trade or workplace skills on the job while studying at CIT to receive a nationally accredited qualification at the same time in a range of industries.


An apprenticeship can be undertaken in traditional trades like automotive (including electric vehicles), carpentry, construction, culinary, electrical, hairdressing, plumbing, landscaping and more.

An apprenticeship generally takes 3-4 years to complete. On successful completion you will become trade qualified with a nationally recognised certificate.


A traineeship can be undertaken in vocational/non-trade areas like business, children’s education and care, community services, health, information technology (including cyber security), hospitality and more.

A traineeship generally takes 1-2 years to complete. On successful completion you will have the necessary skills for your occupation with a nationally recognised qualification.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbAs)

ASbAs are for secondary school students aged 15 years and over who want to start an apprenticeship or traineeship part-time while at school.


Pre-apprenticeship courses are another way to give you a taste for work in a specific industry and help you prepare for a formal apprenticeship or traineeship. Unlike an Australian Apprenticeship, you don’t need to have an employer to start pre-apprenticeship courses.

Key individuals and organisations involved in an Australian Apprenticeship

APPRENTICE/TRAINEE Undertakes training with an RTO/training provider – CIT to learn the technical skills for their job and attends classes towards completion of their qualification and applies that learning in the workplace.
EMPLOYER Employs an apprentice or trainee and provides paid work, opportunities for skill development, qualified supervision and tasks that relate to their training at CIT.
REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATION (RTO) - CIT Provides apprentices and trainees with training and assessment by industry experienced teachers, supporting them to complete a nationally recognised qualification.
APPRENTICESHIP NETWORK PROVIDER (ANP) Arranges training contract sign up and provides employers, apprentices and trainees with information, advice and support services throughout an Australian Apprenticeship.
STATE TRAINING AUTHORITY (STA) Approves and manages Australian Apprenticeship Training Contracts. STAs are government departments responsible for the operation and regulation of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system, including Australian Apprenticeships within their state and territory jurisdiction.