A traineeship is a training contract between an employer and an employee in which the Trainee learns the skills needed for a particular occupation or trade and completes a nationally recognised qualification. State and/or Federal funding may be available.
Traineeships combine practical experience at work with structured training. As an trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer that leads to a nationally recognised qualification. You spend most of the time in paid employment, learning practical skills on the job and putting them into practice. The rest of the time is spent in structured training with a WA TAFE College, Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or in the workplace. The training requirements are part of your training plan which is negotiated between your employer, you and your registered training organisation.
A Traineeship can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis and can be used as a valuable stepping stone to start a career in an industry you want to work in. Most traineeships take from 12 to 24 months to complete full time, however with competency based learning you can complete earlier if you achieve the competencies for the qualification.
A list of available traineeships can be found here
The Australian Government provides specific incentives to employers to reduce the cost of training trainees. You may be eligible for additional incentives, e.g. if your trainee has a disability or is of mature age. The employer of a trainee is also exempt from Payroll Tax for the wages of that trainee. More information about incentives for employers can be found here
Incentives are available to help reduce the cost of undergoing the traineeship such as wage top-ups in some circumstances. If you have to move away from home you may also be eligible for a living away from home allowance. Further information on financial information for trainees can be found here
Rates of pay are determined by the award or general agreement under which the Australian Apprentice is employed. Awards and conditions including employer contributions to training costs are set independently of the Australian Government by the Fair Work Commission. The Fair Work Commission decided to include employer reimbursement of training fees in most modern awards from 1 January 2015. More information on awards, wages and conditions are available from the Fair Work Ombudsman
School based traineeships allow you to start a traineeship while still at school. You start your traineeship on a part-time basis at school and continue on a part-time or fulltime basis when you leave school. As a school based trainee you and your parent/guardian enter into a training contract with your employer. You are also paid while you learn for the duration of your contract.
For further information on traineeships, Business.gov.au have an excellent guide for employers seeking to employ trainees.