Benefits to employers and apprentices/trainees

There are many benefits both to an apprentice/trainee and their employer for employing an apprentice or trainee.  

Benefits to the apprentice/trainee:

  • Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to kick start your career.
  • Australian apprenticeships offer opportunities for you to train, study and earn an income at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations as well as in traditional trades. 
  • As an Australian apprentice you can combine time at work with training, and can be either full time, part time (traineeships) or school based. 
  • Training is competency based, which means you can complete your training faster if you reach the required skill level. 
  • Existing skills and prior experience are recognised and course credits granted, potentially reducing formal training time. 
  • When you finish your Australian apprenticeship, you'll have a nationally recognised qualification that can take you anywhere in Australia and one that is held in high regard in many overseas countries as well. You'll have many options for your future to think about and choose from. 
  • If you are still at school you may have developed an interest in an industry, but would like to finish your VCE or VCAL. Under a school based apprenticeship or traineeship you will spend time at school, time with your employer, and some time completing your training with Bendigo TAFE.  
Benefits to the employer: 
  • People are trained to meet your business requirements.
  • They can be a great way to attract and retain staff. 
  • Financial incentives may be available to employers (depending on qualification).
  • They can be full time, part time (traineeships) or school based depending on what suits your needs.
  • You have the opportunity to be consulted and involved in the development of individualised and customised training programs.
  • They can start at any time of the year.   

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How do I improve my chances in a trade?

You can improve your chances of gaining an apprenticeship by undertaking a pre-apprenticeship course or studying vocational subjects in years 10, 11 and 12. 

A number of pre-apprenticeship courses are offered at Bendigo TAFE. You do not have to be employed to be eligible for a pre-apprenticeship course. Our pre-apprenticeship courses are an ideal way to:

  • give you a competitive edge when applying for an apprenticeship because of the skills you have learnt 
  • establish contacts in the trade area of interest which is a good way of improving access to employment opportunities.  

find out more on the assistance and benefits of Australian Apprentices.