Apprenticeships and traineeships

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of work and structured training which leads to a nationally recognised trade qualification. Apprenticeships generally last four years and cover traditional trade areas.

Pre-apprenticeship courses help you launch your career by providing preliminary skills for your apprenticeship. You can get credit for up to the first year of your apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship courses are available in:

Industry area - column 1 Industry area - column 2
  • Automotive
  • Building and construction
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Hairdressing and beauty
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality
  • Plumbing
  • Ship and boat building

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship combines work and training in a formal training contract between a trainee and an employer. The employer provides structured training on the job with off-the-job training provided by a Registered Training Organisation. Traineeships generally cover the non-trade areas and last one to two years.

Traineeship courses are available in:

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  • Accounting & finance
  • Automotive
  • Building
  • Business and human resources
  • Electrotechnology
  • Engineering
  • Environment and conservation
  • Hairdressing and beauty
  • Health and community services
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality, tourism and events
  • Information technology
  • Maritime
  • Marketing and property services
  • Media and entertainment
  • Sport, fitness and outdoor recreation

School based apprenticeships and traineeships

School based apprenticeships and traineeships give you the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised vocational education and training qualification while completing your Higher School Certificate.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship or traineeship?

  • a paid job
  • a transition from school to work, or from one career to another
  • leads to nationally recognised qualifications and skills which can help you get a job or go on to, further education and training
  • financial assistance from the Australian government
  • structured training may be on-the-job, through TAFE or a combination of both
  • recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for your skills, knowledge and experience may be taken into account which reduces your time at TAFE
  • competency based training which means you may complete your training faster if you reach the required skills level
  • Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) are available to assist you with providing information, help and support.

How do I get an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Choose an occupation

Choose an area that interests you and get some work experience in that industry.

Seek an employer

Find employment in the industry where you would like to undertake your apprenticeship or traineeship. There are several ways to do this:

Apply for an apprenticeship

Your employer is required to contact an AASN and complete a training contract. The AASN will tell you and your employer about government incentives that are available.

Contact 133 873 to find your local centre or visit the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network website.

Commence training with TAFE

You are required to confirm your start date with the TAFE campus that you are planning to attend. At enrolment you will need to present your signed Training Plan Proposal or signed Training Contract provided by the AASN as proof of your apprenticeship or traineeship.

Further information

Telephone: 131 674 or + 61 2 9942 0813 (for calls outside of New South Wales).