Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time or part-time. Generally, traineeships are for 12 months to two years. Apprenticeships usually take three to four years to complete, 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 will be in demand and highly paid. Upon completion of your apprenticeship or traineeship, you can find a full-time role, earn a wage and receive a nationally-recognised certificate

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.

 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 programs here.

Support for adult Australian apprentices

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.


Living Away From Home Allowance

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, Austudy and ABSTUDY

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 Apprenticeships website, with information on Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY available at Centrelink.


Australian Apprenticeships

In-depth and up to date information on Australian Apprenticeships


Fairwork Australia

Information and advice on correct pay and award rates


WorkSafe Victoria

Ensuring safe workplaces and practices.