Many mining and energy companies employ or host apprentices and trainees of all ages and backgrounds.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship involves full-time work with an employer who provides an opportunity to learn all aspects of a trade. This is a structured program for a fixed period of time (usually four years) that is a combination of learning as you earn at work and off the job training at a TAFE college or another training provider. Apprenticeships are generally in traditional trade areas such as electrical and mechanical.  

An apprenticeship may mean that you can:

  • Earn a wage while you train for careers in mining or energy sector;
  • Learn on-the-job skills combined with off-the-job training;
  • Receive a nationally recognised qualification on successful completion; and
  • Take a valuable step towards a rewarding career in resources.

What is a traineeship?

As a trainee you also gain hands-on skills and work experience, and improve your employment prospects, while earning a wage. Traineeships are employment-based programs in non-trade areas and can be a full time or part time arrangement, usually for 12 months or more.

On successful completion you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which can lead to rewarding options for careers in resources.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship or a traineeship?

Apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities are advertised directly by the mining and energy companies, or by other recruitment companies and group training organisations.

To find out more about Australian Apprenticeships, please visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.