Apprenticeships & Traineeships


Choose apprenticeships and traineeships for practical learning pathways to real career opportunities. 

Choosing apprenticeships or traineeships within Toowoomba and the Darling Downs opens up endless doors of opportunities to learn a valued trade that will mean you are skilled for a lifetime. 

What is the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

An apprenticeship is a legally-binding training agreement between DGT and an apprentice that combines practical learning in a real world environment. Apprenticeships provide a trade qualification at Certificate III level or above. Most apprenticeships comprise of four stages and take around four years to complete successfully when employed full time. Training occurs both on and off the job and will involve some training with a Supervised Registered Training Organisation (SRTO) such as TAFE, an Agricultural College or a private training provider like DGT. On successful completion, apprentices receive a nationally recognised certificate of competency.

A traineeship is a ‘mini’ apprenticeship and provides a nationally recognised qualification at Certificate Level II, III or IV. Traineeships generally only last for one year, however many new traineeships at Level III and above are two and in some cases three years in duration. Training can occur on and off the job, however in the majority of cases the training can be completed fully on the job with the help of DGT.

What are the main benefits of apprenticeships in Toowoomba?

  • Earn while you learn.
  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Learn practically through real world experiences with local Toowoomba and Darling Downs employers.

Why choose the apprenticeship or traineeship pathway?

By choosing an apprenticeship or traineeship you will gain practical skills for life that give you a career for life. You are paid whilst you are learning and you take on minimal debts compared to university pathways. What is there not to like? INCOME + QUALIFICATION = AWESOME

You will gain industry experience and valuable hands on skills whilst flexible training modes allow you to complete your qualification whilst being a part time or full time employee.

Why choose DGT for my apprenticehip or traineeship?

DGT is one of the only local Toowoomba Group Training Organisations or GTOs as well as being a Registered Training Organisation or RTO. What that means is that we are a large scale employer of apprentices and trainees who then facilitates placing all of them with local and qualified host employers to complete their on the job training in Toowoomba and surrounds whilst also arranging their off the job training and wages. 

The benefits you enjoy as a DGT apprentice or trainee include;

  • full on-the-job training and supervision
  • better support - you are assigned an employment consultant who has your back every step of the way
  • better security - we are committed to keeping you employed until completion 
  • better care - the team at DGT pride themselves on their passion for this industry and our apprentices we strive for excellence in every area including ensuring you are cared for to the utmost of our ability. 
  • better knowledge - learn from a team of professionals who are experts within their industry
  • better organisation - DGT arrange all of your study and attendance at any external training

How do apprenticeships in Toowoomba work?

Apprenticeships and traineeships allow you to gain experience through a combination of on-the-job training and off-the-job training, in addition to earning a wage.  Apprenticeships are generally Certificate III level and take three to four years to complete. 

What DGT will do for you:

  • employ you directly
  • facilitate placing you with a host employer best suited to your needs
  • provide high levels of support by regularly monitoring you in the workplace 
  • ensuring you are provided with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully complete your qualification
  • provide a full induction including an introduction to Workplace Health and Safety
  • coordinate all on and off-the-job training
  • no charge for services to Apprentice/Trainees or their parents 

What types of apprenticeships & traineeships are available in Toowoomba?

Apprenticeship and traineeship types include full-time, part-time and school based. 

Full-time - Apprentices and Trainees work and train full-time, usually 36 to 38 hours a week.

Part-time - Apprentices and Trainees work and train no less than 15 hours a week, averaged over a four week cycle. Generally the nominal term is double that of a full-time schedule, however competency based training may mean that it can be completed in a shorter timeframe.

School-based - Apprentices and Trainees undertake this training as part of their high school studies. Employment and training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based. 

What is the length of an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Full time apprenticeships take up to 4 years.
Traineeships will vary in length from 12 months to 3 years.

Where the apprenticeship or traineeship is part time, the time is doubled.

To get a head start students are able to begin a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship as part of their high school studies.

Can anyone apply for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia. Any other person wanting to participate in an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia must have a visa allowing employment.

How do I look for what types are out there?

There are over 100 apprenticeships and over 400 traineeships currently available in Queensland. This career path is primarily for those seeking a trade however ever increasingly this path is extended into more traditional corporate careers such as business. 

Check out Apprenticeships here - from Aircraft Engineering to Watchmaking. 

Check out Traineeships here - from Accounts Clerk to Youth Worker. 

How do I go about applying for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

First step is to check our current vacancies and if nothing suits register your interest for an apprenticeship online through our website. 

You are also welcome to book an appointment with our employment consultants by contacting us on 1300 010 185.
Once you have an appointment come to our office at the time allocated located at 56 Duhig Street and fill out a general application form and have a chat about your requirements.

We will then check for any suitable matches from our host employer database. If a suitable match is found we will be in touch. If there isn't anything at that time your details will be on the system for a period of six (6) months. During that time, you will be considered for any position that you have a preference down for that becomes available. You are more than welcome to reapply after the six month lapses.

Am I too young, old, inexperienced etc. to apply?

You can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship from the age of 15, some even from as young as 13. You are able to apply all the way until you are 64! Apprenticeships are not just for the young!

There is however strict Queensland legislation that applies age restrictions to particular apprenticeships and traineeships. There are no general pre requisites although certain industries may look for skills or experience in certain areas. If an applicant is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must sign the training contract and take responsibilities for some of the training program.

To find out more please check out the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.

Want to know more? Check out our FAQs page.  

Ready to register? Check out our Current Vacancies and if nothing there suits register your interest for your preferred industry.

Want to get in touch? We are always happy for you to contact us if there is something you need to know that you haven't found here.  


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