Earn while you learn with East Coast Apprenticeships

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Looking to jumpstart your career?

A paid traineeship with East Coast Apprenticeships gives you the opportunity to earn an income whilst you work your way towards completing a nationally recognised qualification (this could be a Certificate II or III or higher, depending on traineeship).

Traineeships are an excellent way for you to get your “foot in the door” at the ground level of an industry you’re interested in pursuing. You’ll learn valuable and practical skills from industry professionals in a real-world setting. They can also help lead to further study paths such as at university if that’s something you want to pursue. 

Vocational based jobs can be extremely competitive, so completing a traineeship can give you a significant edge over other candidates. It showcases to potential employers your ability to balance the demands of a job while pursuing further studies. This valuable combination of practical experience and ongoing learning sets you apart and holds immense value in the eyes of employers

We welcome the diversity that all age groups bring to our workforce and assess all applications individually on their own merit. We currently support individuals in traineeships from a number of diverse backgrounds, including:

  • High school students in years 10, 11 and 12
  • Recent school leavers
  • Adult applicants
  • Individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
    Women. Learn more about our Females in Trades Program, which aims to encourage and empower women to pursue apprenticeships in traditionally male-dominated fields
  • Defence force veterans. Explore our Defence Trade Program, designed to support veterans in transitioning to civilian careers through apprenticeships.

Work while you study

East Coast Apprenticeships combines both theory and practical on-site skills learning. Our approach is to directly employ potential trainees such as yourself by placing you with ‘Host Employers’ which are usually local, small to medium sized businesses. You will work and train under the supervision of an experienced tradesperson upon placement with a Host Employer.  This combined approach ensures a well-rounded apprenticeship experience that prepares you for a successful career in your desired trade



Traineeships should not be confused with internships as internships are unpaid work placements. Trainees always receive pay for their work. 

Your wages will depend on several factors, such as your age and your level of education. Your wages may increase as you progress through your traineeship. 

To help you understand your hourly rate as well as entitlements, you can use the Pay and Conditions Tool (P.A.C.T) on the website for The Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman.


Work hours 

Full time trainees can expect to work up to 38 hours per week, work hours are generally Monday-Friday. 

Occasionally, we’re able to offer school-based and part-time traineeships, subject to availability. We encourage you to explore our Jobs Board to discover a range of current vacancies. In the event that you do not find an option in your preferred industry or delivery mode, we invite you to submit a contact form and connect with our team.


Study hours 

In addition to your paid practical work, you will need to attend classroom lessons for 1 or 2 week periods 2-3 times throughout the year. These lessons will take place at one of our recommended/approved Supervising Registered Training Organisations (SRTOs). SRTOs can include TAFE colleges and institutes, adult and community education providers as well as other relevant industry organisations. 

Successfully passing these theory modules is necessary to obtain your traineeship qualification.

The team at East Coast will help you coordinate your training schedule and monitor your progress throughout your traineeship. This approach ensures that you receive the necessary guidance and resources to excel in your chosen field. 


The duration of a traineeship can vary depending on various factors, including the type of traineeship, the level of qualification, and the specific industry requirements. In general, traineeships typically take 12 – 24 months. Duration differences arise when considering full-time, part-time, and school-based traineeships.

Enrolment costs 

There are no costs involved in being employed as an East Coast trainee – instead you get paid for your on-site work.

Student fees may apply for the enrolment in the necessary theory modules and to attend classes at your designated SRTO. However, upon successful completion of these modules, you will be fully reimbursed for all fees. 

Financial help/loans are available for you to be able to purchase any necessary tools and equipment required to complete on-site work. 


Enrolment criteria

There are different criteria between different traineeships, so please check the details of your preferred traineeship. Sound literacy and numeracy skills are usually a minimum requirement. 

For all traineeships, you must be an Australian citizen/resident or hold an appropriate visa that allows you to work in Australia for the duration of the traineeship

Why choose East Coast Apprenticeships? 

East Coast Apprenticeships is a community-based, not for profit organisation which has been in operation since 1988. We take pride in our workmanship and strive for a reputation of integrity and providing the highest level of guidance and support to all our apprentices and trainees.

As one of Queensland’s largest Group Training Organisations we are more likely to be able to rotate you to different employers during your traineeship, giving you a wider range of workplace experiences. We also offer a unique service of “Pastoral Care” to apprentices and trainees. The value of Pastoral Care offered to students is that they are nurtured and supported by experienced Field Officers.

Click here to read more about our Pastoral Care policy.

Have a question about our traineeship programs? 

If you’d like more information, simply fill out the form on this page. Or give us a call on 07 3881 3166. We will be happy to help. 

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