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Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships are an ideal way to combine training and employment, and they lead to a nationally recognised qualification.

Anyone of working age can apply, whether they are school leavers, or mature-age people wanting to re-enter the workforce or seeking a change in career.

Benefits of an apprenticeship or traineeship:

  • You are paid while doing training that is structured to be either on-the-job, off-the-job, or a combination of both.
  • Because the training is competency-based, you can complete your training faster once you reach the required level of skill.
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships can be shared between host employers.
  • School-based Apprenticeships are also available part-time allowing you to enter the workforce while completing your secondary education.
  • Your past experience and existing skills are recognised, and can potentially reduce your training time if course credits are granted.

Skillinvest employs apprentices and trainees under Group Training employment and training arrangements.  That means we employ apprentices and trainees under a training contract and place them with host employers. 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.

Across Australia, an estimated 30,000 apprentices and trainees are employed in this way by Group Training Organisations such as Skillinvest.

Benefits to the apprentice or trainee:

  • Group Training with Skillinvest is a secure way to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship because we are your legal employer and will be looking out for your interests.
  • You can be certain the training meets industry requirements and provides you with a national qualification.
  • You will be assigned to one of our experienced Apprenticeship Consultants who will monitor your progress, and ensure you are being trained in a safe environment.
  • Your Apprenticeship Consultant will provide you with ongoing support to handle any problems that may arise.

Check out the current career opportunities on our Jobs Board.

Any questions? Contact the friendly team at Skillinvest.

Pre-Apprenticeships

A pre-apprenticeship course is a stepping stone to get into the industry of your choice. It provides a blend of theory and hands on experience in a simulated workplace environment.

Completion of a pre-apprenticeship course will help to:

  • Prepare you for the working environment in the selected industry.
  • Give you some basic skills or improve your existing skills.
  • Pave the way for the learning you will get as part of your apprenticeship.

Pre-apprenticeship courses may be undertaken part-time while you are still at school (as part of VET in Schools) or after you have completed school.

In our experience, students who transition successfully into full-time trade apprenticeships have usually started training while at secondary school through VET in Schools or a structured work placement or school-based apprenticeship, or a combination of all three. Pre-apprenticeships are also a great way to gain experience and skills while at school or after you have completed school.

Competition for full-time trade apprenticeships is strong. Those who seek them are usually well prepared and started their training and skills development at school or through a pre-apprenticeship.

Check out the pre-apprenticeship courses offered by Skillinvest.

Contact us to find out more about our pre-apprenticeships.

School-based Apprenticeships

School-based Apprenticeships (ASBAs) allow you to work as a paid part-time trainee or apprentice whilst completing your secondary education at school.  ASBAs are sometimes referred to as School-based Traineeships; it depends on the qualification being studied. 

ASBAs are a great option if you wish to enter the workforce and remain at school. The program offers you the chance to get a head start in the industry you choose whilst completing the last two or three years of your education.

A school-based apprenticeship combines:

  • part-time, practical experience in the workplace
  • recognised, structured training with a Registered Training Organisation
  • your school studies

ASBAs are available in industries such as agriculture, engineering, automotive, horticulture, hospitality, business administration, hairdressing, bricklaying, carpentry, plumbing, retail, warehousing and logistics.

Benefits of a school-based apprenticeship:

  • Start working and get paid for it, while still at school.
  • Build on the skills and experience you gained through VET in Schools or structured work placement.
  • Train and work with qualified tradespeople in the workplace.
  • Gain credits towards your VCE, VCAL and/or full-time apprenticeship.
  • Great career prospects.

In our experience, students who transition successfully into full-time trade apprenticeships have usually started training while at secondary school through VET in Schools or a structured work placement or school-based apprenticeship, or a combination of all three. Pre-apprenticeships are also a great way to gain experience and skills after you have completed school.

Competition for full-time trade apprenticeships is strong. Those who seek them are usually well prepared and started their training and skills development at school or through a pre-apprenticeship.

Check out the current career opportunities on our Jobs Board.

Any questions? Contact the friendly team at Skillinvest. 

VET in Schools

VET in Schools refers to Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses undertaken as part of school studies. About one third of Australia’s senior school students are enrolled in a VET in Schools course.

VET in Schools is designed to expand opportunities and pathways for senior secondary students and increase the number of young people completing Year 12 or equivalent. VET in Schools also addresses the skills and employment needs of industry in Victoria.

VET in Schools enables you to earn credit towards a recognised VET qualification while you complete the general education curriculum or work towards completion of VCAL or VCE.

Students enrolled in VET in Schools may also combine study and employment through a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

In our experience, students who transition successfully into full-time trade apprenticeships have usually started training while at secondary school through VET in Schools or a structured work placement or school-based apprenticeship, or a combination of all three. Pre-apprenticeships are also a great way to gain experience and skills after you have completed school.

Competition for full-time trade apprenticeships is strong. Those who seek them are usually well prepared and started their training and skills development at school or through a pre-apprenticeship.