The different types of Apprentices

Types of apprentices

An Australian Apprentice can be a student or school-leaver, a person re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers.

Combining time at work with training, they can be full-time, part-time or school-based. In hiring an Australian Apprentice, you can negotiate off-the-job training components around timing, location and the nature of the training to meet your business needs. You can also engage an Australian Apprentice part-time while he or she is still at school through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship. Mature-aged apprentices re-entering the workforce or making a career change can bring a wide range of life and workplace skills and experience to your business.


Novaskill proudly boasts that the total cohort of apprentices and trainees actively completing or having completed their trade is approximately 85%. This is well above the NSW completion average of 63%*

Apprentices can be full time or part time

  • Full Time

    Full time apprentices and trainees work and train an average of 38 hours a week and are not considered a casual employee. This means they have ongoing employment.

  • Part Time

    A Part time apprentice or trainee are also considered a regular employee, continuously employed, working and training no less than 15 hours a week (averaged over a 4 week cycle).

What’s the difference between an apprentice and a trainee?

  • Apprenticeship

    An Apprentice is trained in a traditional trade, such as a chef, mechanic, plumber or builder. Once completed your apprenticeship you would be considered a qualified tradesman.

  • Traineeship

    Trainees are trained in a vocational area that may be considered a white, green or blue collared profession. Job roles include office administration, IT and Tourism. Once completed a trainee will receive a qualification in their chosen vocational area.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a smart and cost effective way to recruit and train employees to meet the current and future needs of your business.

What is a mature aged apprenticeship?

It doesn’t matter how old you are,; commencing a apprenticeship or traineeship is the same for everyone. Novaskill encourages older apprentices and trainees- you provide reliability, life skills and knowledge and maturity.

Some of your prior life experiences and early learning may provide you with credit and reduce your overall training time via Recognition of prior learning (RPL) or recognition of current competency (RCC).

As a mature age apprentice or trainee, you may earn different wages compared to a young apprentice or trainees. Phone the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 to discuss wages.

What is a school-based apprentice?

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow year 11 and 12 students to work for your business as paid employees and undertake training to attain a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification as well as their Higher School Certificate (HSC)/ Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

An SAT will be on the job for approximately one day each week throughout Year 11 and Year 12 and will begin full time work as a second year apprentice or trainee from the January after they finish school.

Would you like more information about hiring an apprentice or trainee with Novaskill?

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