What is an apprenticeship/ traineeship?

An Apprenticeship or Traineeship combines practical work experience, a paid job and nationally accredited training in one simple package. Apprenticeships generally last four years and cover traditional trades such as building and construction, electrical, automotive, engineering, manufacturing, hairdressing and cooking. Traineeships last between one and two years and cover a much wider range of occupations including agriculture, business and leadership.

Am I eligible?

Anyone of legal working age, whether they are school leavers or mature-age people wanting to change careers or re-enter the workforce, can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Why Skillinvest?

A Skillinvest apprenticeship or traineeship will place you with a local business, where you will receive hands-on practical training, work experience, and personalised career advice and support, all while completing a nationally recognised course and getting paid as you learn!

You will be employed by Skillinvest under a training contract – not by the employer/ host business. This means that we’ll do all the hard work to find and place you with a business and will manage everything for the entire duration and to the completion of your apprenticeship/ traineeship.

Our host employers include a mix of small and large sized businesses, local government, government agencies and departments, statutory authorities, not-for-profit organisations, national and multinational companies.


  • Get paid while completing your training, which can be done on and off-the-job site, or a combination of both.
  • Support provided, in collaboration with your host employer, to select a suitable RTO to provide training that meets industry requirements and gives you a nationally recognised and accredited qualification.
  • Training is competency or skills-based, so you can complete it faster and once you reach the required level.
  • Course credits can be granted for past experience and existing skills, potentially reducing your total training time.
  • Melbourne Apprenticeships and Traineeships as well as regional apprenticeships and traineeships can be shared between multiple employers, giving you a wide range of work experience.
  • As your legal employer, Skillinvest provides a secure way to take up an apprenticeship or traineeship and will look out for your best interests.
  • You will be assigned one of our Apprenticeship Consultants who will monitor your progress, and ensure you are in a safe environment.
  • Your dedicated Apprenticeship Consultant will provide ongoing support throughout the duration to handle any problems that may arise.

Other Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Many students who transition successfully into a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship have often started their training during secondary school by completing a VET in Schools course, a pre-apprenticeship, school-based apprenticeship, or a combination of these.

Skillinvest traineeship

Apprentice & Trainee

“I’m completing a mechanic apprenticeship here at Rapid Tune in Lilydale. I’ve been completing my training through Skillinvest. I have had Justin from Skillinvest come out and teach us the whole course from start to finish, it’s really good because it’s not intrusive, I don’t have to get up and got to a school, I can just come to work everyday like normal and learn here in a comfortable environment.”

Vinnie, Cert III Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, Rapid Tune Lilydale

Apprentice & Trainee

“Completing a traineeship through Skillinvest at Wilson & Bolton provided me with the opportunity to expand my knowledge and further the training I received during my VCE. My trainer was very helpful and would take the time to explain the course material to me.”

Caitlyn, Cert III Business Administration

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Frequently asked questions

What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?

A Skillinvest apprenticeship or traineeship is a great way to get qualified in a trade or job, while learning essential skills under the guidance of a professional and getting paid! You will also receive hands-on practical training, valuable work experience, and personalised career advice and support from our consultants.

How long will an apprenticeship or traineeship take?

The average is three years, but an apprenticeship or traineeship can take anywhere between one and four years – depending on the industry and qualifications you choose. Apprenticeships and traineeships are competency or skills based – so you can complete it as fast as you like, as long as you reach the required skills level.

How much will you get paid?

Australian apprentices and trainees are paid under a federal or state award and can vary depending on the industry, your age and whether you have completed year 12 and a number of other factors (for more information visit https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/minimum-wages/apprentice-and-trainee-pay-rates). Your wage will increase each year and some trades also provide travel and tool allowances. Financial assistance, such as youth allowance or a health care card, may be available if you are required to live away from home.

What are the entry requirements?

Most apprenticeships and traineeships in Melbourne require you to have completed year 10 maths and English at a minimum. However, if you would like to take up an electrical or plumbing trade, you’ll be required to have done year 11 maths. Completing a pre-apprenticeship course will give you an advantage when applying for a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship.

What do employers look for in a potential apprentice or trainee?

Some work experience is desirable, however a great attitude, punctuality, good communications skills and the ability to work within a team are also required. A genuine desire to learn, an understanding about the industry and knowing why you want the job are also important.

Whether you’re finishing school, just graduated, looking to enter the workplace or need a change of career, a Skillinvest apprenticeship or traineeship is a great way to start earning while you learn!

Skillinvest offers full and part-time apprenticeships and traineeships in Melbourne and Victoria, working and training in a range of jobs and industries including Automotive, Agriculture, Building and Construction, Civil Construction, Manufacturing and Engineering, Business Management, Equine Racing, Hair and Beauty and lots more.

We will place you with a local business, where you will receive on-the-job training and work experience while completing a nationally recognised course and getting paid. We also provide ongoing support to make sure you become fully qualified, highly skilled, capable, confident and successful in your chosen profession.