If you’re ending your apprenticeship or traineeship, we have support to help you decide what to do next.

If you’ve finished your apprenticeship

Finishing your apprenticeship or traineeship is exciting, but you may be wondering what to do next.

Finding out what happens next

Depending on what state or territory you live in, you may get a trade certificate. You may also need to apply for a work licence at this stage.

To find out more about what happens next, contact your Australian Apprentice Support Network (AASN) provider. Search for an AASN provider in your area using the Australian Apprenticeships website.

You might continue working with your current employer or you may need to look for another job. If you need help finding another job, read about looking for work.

If you’ve decided to leave your apprenticeship

If you’ve decided not to finish your apprenticeship, we have information and support to guide you.

Read about ending an apprenticeship or traineeship on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

If you want to end your apprenticeship, you’ll need to give your employer notice.

Changing industries

Use the myfuture website to help you choose and plan the right career move.

Talk to your AASN provider for advice and support. Search for an AASN provider on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

If you want to retrain and learn a new skill, read more about retraining.

Looking for a new job

There are payments and services to support you if you’re looking for work.

How to tell us about a change

When your circumstances change, this may affect any payments you get from us. Make sure your details are up to date so we can pay you the right amount.

If your Centrelink online account is linked to myGov you can do this online.

Sign in to myGov

You can also use the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

If you don’t have a myGov account or a Centrelink online account you’ll need to create them.

Page last updated: 12 September 2023.
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