Becoming an apprentice or trainee

Start an apprenticeship or traineeship

An apprenticeship or traineeship allows you to become qualified in a trade or vocation and be paid a wage while you are learning. Your training will usually include a mix of classroom or workshop learning and practical learning on the job with your employer.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time or part-time, or school-based (started while you are at school).

Apprentices and trainees undertake a nationally recognised qualification as part of their training contract. There are many types of trades and vocations to choose from, including hairdresser, manager, child care worker, mechanic, electrician, chef, plumber and cabinet maker.

Find the trade or job you want to do

Explore your options at:

Getting started in Vocational Education and Training (VET) - Skilled Careers

School-based apprenticeships

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship commences while you still attend school. You attend school part of the week, go to work on some days and attend a training provider on others.

Enrolling in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship has a number of benefits including starting your training while also completing your SACE, earning money while you learn, and gaining experience in the trade or vocation of your choice.

Like regular apprentices and trainees you will need to sign a training contract with an employer who will provide you with on-job training. A training plan will also be established which lists the formal (off-job) training you will receive from your training provider.

Study VET in school - Skilled Careers

Improve your chances of getting an apprenticeship

Pre-apprenticeship and pre-vocational courses can help you try out a trade or job and get some valuable experience. You will do some classroom study that can earn credit towards a full apprenticeship, and improve your chances of getting an apprenticeship. Courses are usually at certificate II level.

Pre-apprenticeship course finder - Australian Apprenticeship Pathways

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