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Mackay: 4957 8177
Airlie Beach:  4948 2123
Bowen: 4786 6729
Sarina: 4943 0594
Proserpine: 4945 2591

What is an Apprenticeship & Traineeship?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are jobs that combine work and structured training. Although they vary from one industry to another, apprenticeships and traineeships include: Paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement (for example, an award or enterprise agreement).

  • A Training Contract that is signed by both the employer and apprentice or trainee and registered with the Department of Education and Training (DETA). The only exception to this rule are trainee apprentices.
  • A qualification, delivered by a Registered Training Organisation, that meets the requirements of a declared apprenticeship or traineeship leads to a nationally recognised qualification.


Some traineeships can now be:

  • Delivered completely in the workplace
  • Customised to meet the needs of employers
  • Delivered part-time
  • Offered to existing workers (workers currently in the workforce)
  • Offered to school students
  • Established in new industries and at higher qualification levels
  • Easily linked to further vocational education and training and university studies.

What areas are apprenticeships and traineeships available in?

There are more than 100 apprenticeship vocations available in QLD. Apprenticeships generally last four years and cover traditional trade areas such as building and construction, hairdressing, cooking, the automotive industry, engineering and manufacturing.

There are over 600 traineeship vocations introduced to provide employment and training opportunities in a range of areas, including multimedia, information technology, sport and recreation, hospitality, retail and primary industries.

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