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Apprenticeships and traineeships

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Apprenticeships and traineeships provide the opportunity for you to earn money while you learn on-the-job, in an industry, occupation or trade that interests you.

BNIT can assist you in organising your training needs so that you can learn the skills necessary for your chosen field. Please note that BNIT are unable to provide employment for the following programs however will manage the training and qualification aspects of the apprenticeship or traineeship.

Four steps to gaining an apprenticeship or traineeship:

  1. Find an employer who will employ you in your chosen industry, occupation or trade for the time it takes to complete your apprenticeship or traineeship.
  2. Contact the Australian Apprenticeships Centre to assist you and your employer to complete a training contract.
  3. Choose BNIT as your preferred training provider by selecting an apprenticeship or traineeship that suits you from the extensive apprenticeship and traineeship options.
    View the training options available.
  4. Once you have chosen your training option, contact the BNIT apprenticeships and traineeships team in the study area chosen.

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine both structured training with paid employment. They can be full-time, part-time, or school-based. For more info about apprenticeships and traineeships and the benefits visit,

The length of the apprenticeship or traineeship will depend on the industry, occupation or trade, any previous training undertaken and how quickly you learn the skills required.

Prior training and existing skills and experience may be recognised through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

All successful BNIT apprenticeship and traineeship graduates receive nationally recognised and accredited qualifications.

How do I find an employer?

You can be employed as an apprentice or trainee either directly by a business, or via a Group Training Organisation (GTO).

To find an employer you can contact businesses directly either in person or through a letter; apply for advertised jobs; contact a job network; or talk to family and friends to find out if they know anyone who is looking to employ an apprentice or trainee.

A GTO employs and finds industry placements for apprentices and trainees to gain on-the-job experience. To find a local GTO, visit

What is the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

Apprenticeships are offered in jobs that require a high level of specific skill. Upon completion, a person is considered a qualified tradesperson and receives a certificate-level qualification. Generally, they are then able to work on their own and supervise staff.

Traineeships are undertaken to train in a specific vocational area as a way to acquire skills and as a means to gain entry into a job. Upon completion, a person receives a minimum of a Certificate II qualification.

Who can be employed as an apprentice or trainee?

  • High school students, usually in Years 11 or 12, can start as a school-based apprentice or trainee.
  • Existing workers can use an apprenticeship or traineeship to recognise their skills or build on their knowledge.
  • People eligible to work in Queensland who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, have a permanent residency visa, a temporary protection visa or are engaged or married to an Australian citizen and are holders of provisional spouse visas.

Are you an employer who wants to employ an apprentice or trainee?

Nominate BNIT as your preferred training organisation for its superior training, customer service and industry knowledge.

As an employer, you may be eligible for state and/or federal government incentives. For more information on funding and how to employ an apprentice or trainee call the Australian Apprenticeship Centre on 133 873 or visit the Apprenticeships information website.

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This page was last updated at 07-November-2013

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