Starting

If you’re thinking about starting an apprenticeship or traineeship, there’s support available to guide you.

An apprenticeship or traineeship will give you experience on the job as well as a recognised qualification. It’s a great way for you to learn and earn an income at the same time.

You may be thinking about doing an apprenticeship or traineeship if you’re:

  • currently studying or have recently left school
  • looking for a career change.

Different pathways

There are different ways to start an apprenticeship or traineeship. For example, you can start one with a private business or in a government department. You can also start an apprenticeship while you’re at school.

Read about becoming an apprentice or trainee on the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations website.

An Apprenticeship Network provider can help you find an employer and training organisation. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website to start the process.

The Indigenous Apprenticeships Program is a pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to start their career in the Australian Public Service (APS).

State government support

States and territories offer information and support for apprentices. These links will take you away from our website.

State or territory Resources
ACT Visit the Skills Canberra website for information about becoming an Australian Apprentice.
NSW Visit the Training Services NSW website for information about starting an apprenticeship.
NT Visit the NT.GOV.AU website for resources about pathways and programs for apprentices and trainees.
Qld Visit the Queensland Government website for information about starting apprenticeships and traineeships.
SA Visit the SA.GOV.AU website for resources about becoming an apprentice or trainee.
Tas Visit the Skills Tasmania website for information about apprenticeships and traineeships.
Vic Visit the Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority website for information about apprenticeships and traineeships.
WA Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website for information about apprenticeships and traineeships.
Page last updated: 28 September 2023.
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