So what is the difference between apprenticeships and traineeships?

The difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is that a traineeship can be either full-time or part-time, is usually for around 12 months on average and is generally in a non-trade related area. In contrast, an apprenticeship usually last for three to four years, is generally full-time and is usually in a trade related area.


Traineeships provide an opportunity to train and earn an income at the same time whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification. They include:
  • paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement (for example, an award or enterprise agreement)
  • nationally recognised training.
A trainee enters into a formal training contract (Indenture) with his/her employer for the duration of the traineeship.

Employer Benefits

  You can transform your business by employing a trainee – because skilled staff are the drivers of performance.  
  • Ability to mentor and develop loyal and motivated workers.
  • It is also an investment in your business, your community and your industry to ensure you are ready to take advantage of whatever the future market place has to offer.
  • The Government encourages employers by helping make it an affordable option to invest in skills for the future of your industry and business through employment of a trainees and for upskilling existing staff.
  • Your community also benefits. Employing locals keeps money circulating in the community and underpins a vibrant, healthy regional economy.
  • Australian Government initiatives currently being offered to help you keep your business, and your community, prosperous may include financial incentives.
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RTO Benefits

  JSW Training and Community Services will provide:  
  • Highly skilled and industry relevant Trainers and Assessors.
  • Flexible training, tailored to your business by a local provider.
  • Trainers and Assessors who are dedicated to achieving excellent student outcomes.