Mature Age Apprenticeships
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Traineeships and Apprenticeships

One of the most asked questions we get at Mature Age Apprenticeships is – What is the difference between apprenticeships and traineeships?

The reason people do not know the difference is because both apprenticeships and traineeships are real jobs that also involve official training. In fact, they are more similar than they are different, here are but a few similarities:

  • You have the same rights as any other worker
  • You work just as hard
  • You have a real boss to answer to.
  • You get paid holidays
  • In some cases you also get paid on sick days.
  • They can be both full-time, part-time and even school-based.
  • They both require the employer to have a training contract.
  • All the training possibilities must be discussed and agreed upon prior to the start of the training. This includes things such as: length, goals, wages, who will train you and where.
  • They both provide you with the opportunity to gain excellent relevant experience and contacts for your new career.

As you can see, they are very similar.

 The main difference between them is that apprentices are trained in a skilled and specific trade, whereas a trainee gets training in a vocational area. Apprenticeships are available in trades such as cabinet making, electrical mechanic, plumbing and carpentry. And traineeships are available in areas such as hospitality, IT, admin and human resources. Once you complete an Apprenticeship you will get an official certificate that states that you are a qualified trades person, whereas a traineeships leads to a certificate level II or higher in your chosen area and all of this applies the same for both school-based apprenticeships/traineeships and adult apprenticeships/traineeships.

Another difference is that traineeships have slightly shorter training periods. An apprentice with no experience or relevant skills can expect to be trained for up to a maximum four years, however most of these are two to three years long, while a trainee can usually complete the training in one to three years.

You can not go wrong with either, and deciding between them is a matter of deciding what type of work you want to be doing in your career.

Good luck and remember to email us at with your stories and questions, we’d love to help you!
-Mature Age Team


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