Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to land a good job and get the training you need to build your career, in almost any industry you can think of.
You earn while you learn skills on the job and at the same time train at one of Kangan Institute's Melbourne campuses (sometimes the training can even take place at your new workplace).
Kangan Institute is one of Victoria's major providers of Australian apprenticeship and traineeship training. To start an apprenticeship or traineeship, you must be over 15 years old.
How many apprenticeships and traineeships can you name? There's a lot more than you can think!
Apprenticeships and traineeships are now offered in more than 500 occupations. They are available in areas from multimedia and IT to sport and recreation, retail, tourism, engineering, automotive, building and construction, and many more.
Kangan Institute offers a wide variety of different apprenticeship and traineeship courses that can lead to ongoing employment in a number of different career paths.
For detailed information see our full list of Apprentice and Traineeship courses.
Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time or part-time.
Generally, traineeships are for 12 months to two years. Apprenticeships usually take three or four years, but the training is flexible.
Most trainees are paid a wage based on the National Training Wage Award. Apprentice wages vary, depending on the industry. You may start off with a low salary, but if you take up an apprenticeship or traineeship in an industry with a skills shortage, you'll be in demand and highly paid.
While others might be at university for three or four years, you'll be working full-time, earning a wage and receiving a nationally-recognised certificate at the end of it.
There are various financial incentives as a result of the government recognising the important contribution apprentices make.
While these financial incentives are subject to change, apprentices may be able to benefit from an accommodation allowance, an apprenticeship trade bonus or reimbursement for training costs.
As of February 2010, Australian apprentices may be eligible for financial assistance through:
Available to Australian apprentices who meet the required eligibility based on choosing an apprenticeship in an in-demand skills industry. Successful applicants can receive up to $3800 in tax-free payments over the life of their Australian apprenticeship to help cover tools and equipment while learning.
Financial support for apprentices aged 25+ or their employer. Apprenticeship must be at a certificate III or IV level in an occupation experiencing a skills shortage. Financial benefits consist of an additional $100-$150 a week up to a total of $13,000.
Assistance provided to eligible Australian apprentices in the initial three years of training if they have to move from parents' or guardians' home in order to commence their apprenticeship, or if the apprentice is homeless.
Youth Allowance for apprentices aged between 16-24, Austudy for Australian apprentices aged 25 or over and ABSTUDY for apprentices of any age who are Indigenous Australians.
The most up-to-date information is available at the Australian Government Apprenticeships website, with information on Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY available at Centrelink.
You need to find an employer willing to offer you an apprenticeship or traineeship in your chosen field. You do this in the same way you would look for any job.
Check newspapers and the internet for job advertisements, or contact employers directly and ask if they would be willing to employ you as an apprentice/trainee.
Try contacting employment agencies such as our Employment Centre at Kangan Institute, and Group Training Australia enterprises. Group Training is an arrangement where a Group Training Company employs Australian Apprentices and hires them out to other businesses while they are undertaking their training. Our helpful videos provide information and advice that can help you to find and start an apprenticeship.
If you have left school without completing VCE or VCAL, don't worry! A pre-apprenticeship may offer you another way into a trade. A pre-apprenticeship course may even reduce the length of your apprenticeship training.
These courses run full-time for about a semester. Many employers recruit apprentices from pre-apprenticeship courses, so doing one may help you find a job. In many courses, you also do work experience to give you better employment opportunities. More.
SBATs are a popular option if you're looking to get a head start into the career of your choice.
A SBAT combines part-time work, structured training with a registered training organisation (RTO) and school studies. This program may give students credit towards their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). This means that graduates can transition straight into full-time employment as a second year apprentice or trainee as soon as they complete their VCE or VCAL!
Once you have secured an apprenticeship or traineeship your employer will need to register you with an Australian Apprenticeships Centre (AAC). Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for a full list of AACs.