Start a fully recognised apprenticeship with the Army Reserve.
The Army Reserve Traineeship and Apprenticeship Program (ARTAP) is a scheme through which apprentices and trainees employed in either the private or public sector may gain additional or complementary work experience in their chosen field as Army Reservists.
The scheme allows employers to partner with the Army by agreeing to release their Reservist apprentices, at mutually suitable times, with the Army providing work and learning opportunities in their chosen field, within a military environment.
This provides a win-win-win opportunity for all parties. The apprentice gains a depth of experience in their chosen field that may not ordinarily be available to them, while fast tracking the development of personal skills such as working in teams, problem solving, communication and exercising initiative.
The employer partner gains an employee with a greater depth of understanding and variety of experience in their trade, while having the opportunity to even out the workload peaks and troughs that occur in most business environments. There is also the opportunity to share the training and overhead costs of employing apprentices.
The Army Reserve gains a qualified individual that becomes an asset not only to the Australian Defence Force, but also to the nation. Defence Reservists fulfil a vital role, as they have been involved with humanitarian assistance and disaster response tasks both in Australia and in support of our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region.
On successful completion of the apprenticeship or traineeship, the Army Reserve offers the opportunity to continue to serve the nation as a fully qualified part-time tradesperson, with the prospect of receiving additional trade courses to enhance their skills.
The Army Reserve and employer partners may offer the following fully recognised apprenticeships or traineeships:
- mechanic apprenticeship
- fitter apprenticeship
- carpenter apprenticeship
- electrician apprenticeship
- plumber apprenticeship
- technician electrical apprenticeship
- metal fabrication apprenticeship
- supply operator traineeship
- cook apprenticeship
- clerk traineeship.
The availability of specific apprenticeships or traineeships in particular areas around Australia will be determined by the location of employer partners, the recruitment needs of the Army Reserve, and the access by trainees to State training institutions and qualified trade supervisors for on the job support.
What you get
- You get on-the-job training with the Army Reserve and civilian companies.
- You earn an apprentice wage from the teaming partner.
- You get tax-free pay from the Army Reserve.
Who can apply?
- You must be at least 17 years old.
- You must have passed Year 10.
- You must meet the Army Reserve entry requirements.
Find out about the requirements
How to apply
Call 13 19 01
Information sessions and other contacts
While Army Reserve units are located all around Australia, ARTAP opportunities are generally to be found in metropolitan and regional centres, as this is where educational institutions, civilian employers and Army unit workshops or headquarters tend to be co-located.
Call the national Defence Force Recruiting Centre on 13 19 01 to find out more information about the ARTAP, current vacancies, or for the location of any currently scheduled information sessions.