Bringing in the Next Generation: Apprentices and trainees in Australia
“Instead of just learning something at school and getting thrown off the deep end sort of thing, you get that chance to really be immersed in your field and learn everything from the bottom to the top.” – Colin Wilson, Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) Apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia are employment arrangements which combine […]
8 February 2019 |
“Instead of just learning something at school and getting thrown off the deep end sort of thing, you get that chance to really be immersed in your field and learn everything from the bottom to the top.” – Colin Wilson, Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) Apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia are employment arrangements which combine training and working in a real occupation for real income. Anyone who is older than 14 years and 9 months of age can undertake it. This can lead to a nationally recognised qualification held in high regard in Australia and in many countries overseas. Employers who hire apprentices can benefit from incentive payments under the Australian Apprentices Incentives Program. Apprentice vs. Trainee: What’s the difference? “I just turned 17 and starting next year I’ll be fully qualified vet nurse, which has been an awesome achievement for myself, the TAFE school, and everyone involved.” – Jessica Pendlebury, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing “Apprentices” and “trainees” are industry-specific terms. On one hand, apprentices train in skilled work industries. They can belong to a wide range of occupations and trades. This can include plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, bricklaying, and so on. In order to become a qualified tradesperson, one must first complete an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship takes approximately 3-4 years to complete. On the other hand, “trainee” refers to individuals who complete their certification in a vocational field. They work toward certificate level qualifications in industries such as hospitality, retail, or administration. These take approximately 1-2 years to complete. Apprentices and trainees retain many of the rights of a regular employee. This includes right to leave types like annual leave, sick leave, holiday pay. They can also receive wage increases and join a union. More information on apprentice entitlements can be found here. Read more: The Step-by-Step Guide to Hiring an Apprentice or Trainee in Australia Bringing in the next generation “Doing apprenticeship is rewarding, or beyond rewarding, for anyone thinking about doing it, if they’re ready to commit. The rewards at the end are overwhelming.” – Ross Ingham, Certificate III in Plumbing Apprenticeships and traineeships can bring significant benefits to any business. These programs can help develop multi-skilled employees, and allow them to work across the organisation. They offer professional and career development opportunities to attract the next generation. And they also empower new staff to deliver quality services. The role of the next generation in ensuring the sustainability of businesses cannot be understated. Apprentices and trainees contribute practical skills learned throughout their training. They also bring in new perspectives that can enhance systems, processes, and relationships in the workplace. Honing talent and training future industry leaders starts with hiring the right apprentices and trainees.