Benefits of Apprenticeships

Benefits of Apprenticeship

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“Apprenticeships, particularly in high skilled trades, are of crucial and continuing importance to the Australian economy. The skills developed and nurtured within an apprenticeship become the essential and highly-valued, applied trade, technical and business skills that underpin a very sizeable part of our productive economy.”

Innes Willox CEO Australian Industry Group 

The skills required for many occupations are best learnt by combining learning through work. This is the heart of an apprenticeship; it is the intertwined learning and working relationship that makes apprenticeships unique.

Ai Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre is part of a national system with over 35,000 apprentices and trainees in wide and varied trades and employment. We place apprentices and trainees with businesses across all states and territories, and are a proud partner to more than 200 host organisations including some of Australia’s leading organisations, many of whom are household names. Our success is based on rigorous selection of capable, willing and determined people,
an industry leading apprentice management system and award winning service.

We are an efficient alternative to directly employing apprentices and trainees and we pride ourselves on going beyond what is expected of apprentice management services. Our involvement in government bodies and Industry Training Boards ensures we are at the forefront of skills focused decision making and policy development.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to ‘LEARN and EARN’. In effect you are paid while learning the skills needed for a particular trade by a qualified and experienced tradesperson(s). Apprenticeships are work based training programs designed to give you a hands-on, practical approach to learning in combination with some TAFE/RTO based studies. They are a great way to become skilled at a trade and obtain a nationally recognised qualification at the same time.

When undertaking an apprenticeship you will sign a Training Agreement for a period of 3 to 4 years (depending on the trade) and complete a Registered Training Organisation course (RTO) either 1 day a week, or in blocks throughout the first 3 years. The final year of an apprenticeship is usually spent solely on the job putting into practice what you have learnt.

There are many great benefits to becoming an apprentice or a trainee including:

  • real life work experience;
  • paid work while you earn your qualification;
  • flexible learning options (structured training on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both);
  • an agreement that covers your wage and your training entitlements;
  • a nationally recognised qualification at the end of your agreed training time and a pathway that opens the door to higher qualifications, all the way to a degree if you want; and
  • a career path that can start straight out of Year 10 or for those looking to upskill or re-train at a later stage of their working life.

You don’t need prior experience or formal academic requirements to start most apprenticeships so they are an ideal choice for school leavers. Many jobs still require some basic Maths and Englishs however, so it is a good idea to ensure you know your basics. All our vacancies require some pre-employment assessments be done, including these topics.

While many apprentices are employed straight out of school, our hosts are increasingly looking at older people to take on in these roles. Mature age apprentices are becoming more and more prevalent.

The difference between apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships share many similarities and all will give you agreed wages, a training plan, nationally recognised qualifications and a pathway to further professional training and development.

There are however, some small differences relating to employment conditions, length of time necessary to complete training, type of training undertaken and wages depending on the industry you wish to work in. As a general rule, apprenticeships are usually for a longer duration, 3 to 4 years than most traineeships at 1 to 2 years.

Other benefits of doing a work-based training program?

Completing a work based training program such as an apprenticeship or traineeship will provide you with:

  • a wage while you learn;
  • an opportunity to develop practical, on-the-job skills specifically for the trade you are interested in;
  • provide you with a hands-on learning approach, as opposed to a classroom based learning approach;
  • a certificate for a nationally recognised qualification; and
  • the pathway to higher qualifications – all the way to a degree if you choose.

Types of career options open to me

Australian apprenticeships and traineeships are available in a variety of certificate levels in more than 500 occupations across Australia. These are in traditional trades as well as many other emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry, with a full list available on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Ai Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre regularly have a range of apprenticeship trades including (but not limited to):

  • Air-conditioning/Refrigeration Mechanical;
  • Electrical/Electrotechnology;
  • Electrical Instrumentation;
  • Engineering - Fitter / Machinist;
  • Engineering - Heavy Fabrication (Boilermaker);
  • Engineering - Light Fabrication (Sheetmetal);
  • Engineering - Maintenance Fitter, and Toolmaker;
  • Automotive – Diesel Fitter/Mechanic;
  • Automotive – Mechanic;
  • Building and Construction – Carpentry;
  • Building and Construction – Tiling;
  • Building and Construction – Bricklaying;
  • Building and Construction - Plumbing
  • Hospitality, Health, Local Government and Printing;
  • Horticulture & Landscaping;

Our traineeships generally covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Retail;
  • Business;
  • Warehousing;
  • Telecommunications;
  • Automotive Spare Parts Interpreter;
  • Information Technology; and
  • Engineering Production.

As a national company we have offices in all capital cities of Australia. We have regional offices in Albury/Wodonga and Central Victoria.

What happens if the work runs out?

If the workplace runs out of work or the business folds, for many apprentices and trainees they are out of a job.

As an Ai Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre apprentice or trainee you have the added security of being connected to a whole range of businesses. If your work runs out with one host company we will move you to another so you get to finish the qualification you signed on for.

How do I start?

Complete our online application form, contact us or start your job search now.

What will I be paid?

You will be paid under the conditions of the appropriate Award depending on the apprenticeship or traineeship that you are completing. Our hosts often reward great work and may pay over Award conditions. Find out more at:

Fair Work Australia: Apprentice & trainee pay rates

How do I apply?

Complete our online application form, contact us or start your job search now.

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a structured training program that offers a valuable alternative for any person wishing to gain a qualification while working and being paid. Similar to an apprenticeship a traineeship offers you the opportunity to ‘Learn and Earn’, but are generally for a shorter duration of 1 to 2 years.

As a trainee you learn on-the-job under the mentorship of a supervisor. You will also be required to work with a trainer from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and complete assessments to complete your qualification.

There are many great benefits to becoming a trainee including:

  • real life work experience;
  • being paid while you earn your qualification;
  • flexible learning options;
  • an agreement with Ai Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre that covers your wage and your training entitlements;
  • a nationally recognised qualification at the end of your agreed training time and a pathway that opens the door to higher qualifications, all the way to a degree if you want; and
  • a career path that can start straight out of Year 10.

Why Choose Ai Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre?

It’s a competitive job market out there, so to become an apprentice or trainee you need to be at the top of your game. To help you do this, we ensure we are at the top of ours. Our successful past proves our wealth of knowledge and experience in helping you find the right apprenticeship or traineeship. We won’t just find you a ‘job’, we will help you begin building your valuable career and help you secure your future.

How we do this?

We provide you with:

  • Access to our website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can log-in anytime to check our job board. Once registered with us there is no more form filling – you can apply for as many jobs as you think you are qualified for. You don’t even have to check our job board regularly; you can set up a job alert system that will send a notification when a suitable job becomes available.
  • Before you go for any host interviews, your recruitment consultant will assist you with any interview requirements, techniques or etiquette. We give you feedback and help to prepare not only your resume, but how to present for an interview.
  • A national service – we have offices in all major cities of Australia and many regional areas including Bendigo and Albury/Wodonga.  Our experienced staff are skilled at navigating the sometimes confusing amount of paperwork that can accompany any apprenticeship or traineeship, including the Training Contract and Training Plan.
  • As an Ai Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre apprentice or trainee you are mentored and guided through your term by one of our highly skilled field consultants. Your consultant is there for you and will help resolve any problems or issues you have.
  • You can expect guaranteed wages, access to maximum government incentives and ongoing career support.
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We place apprentices and trainees with host organisations across all states and territories. ​We are a proud partner to more than 200 host organisations including some ​top Australia​n household names.