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About Australian Apprenticeships

Australian Apprenticeships are available at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations as well as in traditional trades. Careers in Australian Apprenticeships combine practical work with structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. They can be full-time or part-time.  You can even start a vocational and technical qualification or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship while completing Year 11 and 12.

When you finish your Australian Apprenticeship you'll have a nationally recognised qualification that will take you anywhere in Australia and one that is held in high regard in many overseas countries as well.

Earn while you learn

It can take from one to four years to complete an Australian Apprenticeship depending on the qualification you undertake. Australian Apprentices are paid a training wage for the time they spend ‘on-the-job' with their employer and are usually employed under a federal or state/territory award or agreement.

Getting an Australian Apprenticeship

One way to learn more about Australian Apprenticeships and to link up with an employer interested in taking you on is to contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre in your region. To find an Australian Apprenticeship you can also search advertised job vacancies, contact employers in industries where you would like to work or contact your local Group Training Organisation or Job Network member.

5 simple steps to an Apprenticeship

Step 1
Decide what career path best suits you. Remember, Australian Apprenticeships are available in over 500 occupations so chances are there will be one that matches your interests:

Step 2

Investigate your training and career options at:

Step 3
Brush up your resume! Don't forget to include:

  • Your contact details
  • Information about your school studies, achievements and work experience
  • Information about your interests, skills and career goals

Step 4
Find an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice. You can do this by:

  • Looking in the job vacancy ads in your local paper or on the web
  • Contacting the Job Network provider in your region. You can find out who this is by calling 13 62 68
  • Contacting employers in the industries you'd like to work in. Go and see them and leave a copy of your resume
  • Contacting a Group Training Organisation.

Visit the Apprentice Employment Network website.

Step 5
Ask the employer willing to take you on as an apprentice, to call their local Australian Apprenticeships Centre. The centre will help you and your employer with all the paperwork.

You can find your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre by calling 13 38 73 or by visiting