Career Seekers

Looking to get a head start on your career?

An ATC apprenticeship or traineeship delivers enormous opportunities.

It doesn’t matter about your level of schooling or the industry you want to enter.

Benefits of Apprenticeships and Traineeships?

Industry Experience and Qualifications

  • You can receive 12-48 months of industry relevant experience depending on your traineeship or apprenticeship
  • You will receive a nationally recognised qualification
  • You will receive paid employment
  • Possible ongoing employment at the end of your traineeship or apprenticeship


  • ATC’s Account Managers visit every 6-8 weeks
  • ATC’s Account Managers are only a phone call away


  • ATC guarantees that you will be paid correctly and receive all your entitlements

Still at School or College?

ATC offers an extensive range of apprenticeships and traineeships which can be started whilst you complete your studies. ATC works with your school or college to ensure that you get what you want. – Search our online Vacancy List.

So where to from here?

Whether you are responding to a vacant position or just letting us know you are keen to start your career, the process is the same.

  • We need to know what career paths interest you and some general information. Send your resume and a covering letter to your local ATC office
  • Attend a pre-screen interview at your local ATC office
  • If suitable, we will refer your resume to a number of host employers
  • You then attend a job interview with a prospective host employer
  • If successful, you will then commence your apprenticeship or traineeship

ATC promotes apprenticeships and traineeships which set you along the following career pathways:

  • Aged Care
  • Aquatics
  • Automotive
  • Business Administration
  • Career Oriented Participation (Sport)
  • Carpentry
  • Child Care
  • Community Recreation
  • Engineering/Electronics
  • Fitness
  • General Construction
  • Green Keeping
  • Horticulture
  • Landscaping
  • Information Technology
  • Plumbing
  • Real Estate
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport & Logistics
  • Plus many more

Want to see what jobs and study options are available after completing your apprenticeship or traineeship? – Click here to open a new window – Australian Apprenticeship Pathways

What is an Australian Apprenticeship?

Australian Apprenticeships is the term covering both apprenticeships and traineeships and can offer a career pathway that combines training for a nationally recognised qualification with employment. This job pathway can also begin at school with a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

Australian Apprenticeships are available in every major Australian industry.
The minimum age for someone to commence an Australian Apprenticeships is 15 years of age. There is no maximum age limit.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship details vary among States and Territories. Generally they last three to four years and are offered in the traditional trade industries such as plumbing, carpentry, building, electrical and horticulture. Apprenticeship positions are full-time but can also be offered part-time and school based in some industries.

What is a Traineeship?

Traineeship details vary among States and Territories. Traineeship are between 12 and 36 months duration and are most often specific to service areas such as sport & recreation, information technology, aged care, telecommunications and business administration. Traineeships may be full-time, part-time or school-based.

What is a School-Based Apprenticeship of Traineeship?

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are more than just part-time jobs – they’re a great way to set yourself up for the career you want whilst you are completing your schooling.

A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship combines paid work, training and school. As well as an industry recognised national qualification you may gain credit towards your Year 12 studies.

How does an ATC Apprenticeship or Traineeship work?

  • ATC Apprenticeships and Traineeships are Government approved Australian Apprenticeship programs.
  • ATC employs then places apprentices and trainees with businesses and other organisations who can provide work and training in their chosen career.
  • ATC Traineeship programs involve you undertaking study and working for between 12 and 36 months.
  • ATC Apprenticeship programs involve you undertaking study and working for up to 4 years.
  • ATC School-based programs involve you undertaking study and working whilst completing your schooling or college.
  • ATC is your employer so you are guaranteed to be paid on time and receive all your award entitlements including paid public holidays, annual leave, sick leave and superannuation.
  • ATC makes sure you are covered by their workers compensation insurance policy – just in case.
  • You will be paid to go to work and to complete your qualification.
  • Depending on your choice of career, you may study at our training facility, a TAFE, another training centre or complete study modules at work.
  • ATC’s Account Managers visit every 6 to 8 weeks to monitor your progress.
  • ATC’s Account Managers are only a phone call away if you have any concerns or issues.
  • Once you obtain the required competencies you will receive a nationally recognised qualification and benefit from the business and life skills you have acquired. 

What is the difference between an apprenticeship and traineeship?

Apprenticeships are usually offered in traditional trade industries such as plumbing, carpentry, building, electrical and hairdressing while traineeships are offered in non-trade areas such as sport & fitness, hospitality, information technology and business administration.

How much am I paid?

Australian Apprenticeships wages and conditions are set out in awards and agreements that can vary from job to job and from State to State.

Apprentices are usually paid according to how long they’ve been in the apprenticeship. For example, an apprentice who’s in the second year of a four year apprenticeship could get 70 per cent of a trade person’s adult wage.

Apprenticeship and traineeship wages may vary depending on the following factors:

  • the years of school completed
  • the years of training
  • the type of apprenticeship/traineeship
  • the industry or job
  • the award, agreement or contract covering the employment.
  • ATC remains your legal employer and ensures you receive the correct wage, all your leave entitlements, allowances and superannuation.

For more information about wages and conditions for apprentices and trainees go to Fair Work Australia – Apprentices and Trainees

Must I finish my Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

ATC prides itself on its record of apprentices and trainees completing their qualifications. ATC’s Account Managers are there to provide you with support and are only a phone call away.

In the event that you wish to terminate your training contract then you are required to provide the relevant notice.

What happens if the business that I’m assigned to no longer needs me?

ATC will make every effort to place you with another business to ensure you have the opportunity to complete your apprenticeship or traineeship. ATC has an impressive record of apprentices and trainees completing the program.

In order to complete your qualification you must be placed with a Host so you receive the required experience and training. If ATC is unable to place you with another Host, ATC will need to terminate your training contract and your employment however you will receive recognition for any training modules you have successfully completed.