“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.
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:
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.
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.
Completing a work based training program such as an apprenticeship or traineeship will provide you with:
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):
Our traineeships generally covered include (but are not limited to):
As a national company we have offices in all capital cities of Australia. We have regional offices in Albury/Wodonga and Central Victoria.
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.
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:
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:
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: