What’s the difference between apprentices and trainees?
Apprenticeships mostly provide training in a skilled trade, such as building and construction, hairdressing, cooking, electrical and automotive. Generally they can take up to 4 years to complete
Traineeships mostly provide training in a vocational area, such as business administration, childcare, IT systems or retail. They cover a much wider range of occupations than apprenticeships do, and can take anywhere from 1 to 4 years.
Both apprenticeships and traineeships are learning pathways that mix on-the-job training with formal study at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), usually a Victorian TAFE institute. And both are easily linked to further vocational education and university studies, if you ever want to take a step further with your learning.
Check the Approved Training Scheme to see which qualifications are available as apprenticeships or traineeships.