Department of Family and Community Services

Topic 3: Apprenticeships and traineeships

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Apprenticeships and traineeships are distinctive among VET courses in that people undertaking them are contracted to an employer for an established period. They often result in qualifications that are considered to be the minimum requirements for an occupation, and may be specified in legislation or industrial instruments. The number of apprentices and trainees of both sexes has been increasing in NSW in recent years. The indicators below look at the comparative rates of women and men commencing and completing apprenticeships and traineeships (Indicator 3.1), and then in more detail at technical and trade apprenticeships and traineeships (Indicator 3.2).