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. For further information go to:


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.

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.


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.

JSW offers the following nationally accredited training for traineeships:

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