What is the difference between apprenticeships and traineeships?
Apprentices develop a skilled trade, such as electrical work, cabinet making or landscaping. When an apprentice completes their apprenticeship successfully, an apprentice becomes a qualified tradesperson. Apprenticeships are usually 3-4 years in duration (depending on type) and are generally full time.
Trainees train in a vocational area, such as office administration, hospitality, information technology. When a trainee completes their traineeship successfully, the trainee receives a qualification anywhere from Certificate II up to Diploma level. Traineeships by contrast are usually 12-24 months in duration.
Both approaches involve on and off the job training.