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Explore VET, apprenticeships and traineeships

VET is a mix of hands-on training and study focused on learning practical skills to get you ready for work. Find out how you can either start your career, or build your skills for new qualifications.

VET, Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Get a career that can take you places

Apprenticeships and traineeships open the door to hundreds of careers. Our fastest growing industries have a high demand for skilled workers, and they’re looking for people like you now. If you’re good at hands-on learning and you want to develop practical and technical skills on the job - and get paid while you get qualified - then this is for you.

As an apprentice or trainee, you'll:

  • learn real skills in the workplace
  • gain nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications
  • earn a wage while you learn
  • develop skills required by industry
  • put everything you learn straight to work.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are generally entry-level roles, allowing you to get your foot in the door and learn from experienced mentors as you develop your skills on the job.

Tom's story

Watch Tom's story - he became a mature age electrical apprentice at the age of 28 and is now a Commercial Industrial Electrician for Intract Australia.

What is an apprenticeship versus a traineeship?

Apprenticeships and traineeships give you the chance to learn real skills in the workplace, earn a nationally-recognised qualification and be paid a wage which rises as you progress through training.

You enter into a training contract with an employer and a training provider that will allow you to combine hands-on training in the workplace with off-job study.

So, what’s the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

You can complete an apprenticeship in 3 to 4 years in areas including the trades, cooking and horticulture. When you complete an apprenticeship, you become a qualified tradesperson.

You can complete a traineeship in 1 to 2 years in areas including business, community health, child care and financial services. When you complete a traineeship, you get a minimum of a Certificate II qualification.

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How do I get an apprenticeship or traineeship?


First, decide what kind of career you want. Explore this site to find careers you can start with an apprenticeship. Read about future industries – you might be surprised by the jobs in demand and what people do day-to-day. You can also explore a broader range of careers on the Skilled Careers website. Check out how your strengths and interests match up with a great number of jobs!


Second, search for courses that will prepare you for jobs in your chosen industry and look into the training providers. Sometimes, there are many training providers that can deliver the course you’re interested in. There are thousands of public and private training providers – like TAFE, adult and community education providers, group training companies, private training companies and high schools – that can deliver training. The course search will also tell you whether the training provider you’re interested in delivers subsidised training.


Third, find an employer to take you on. There’s a few ways you can do this – checking job search sites, searching a register of employers who have been pre-approved to hire apprentices or getting in touch with a Group Training Organisation. If you’re not sure where to start, visit the Skilled Careers site or ask for advice using this form.


The Skills Hub will provide you with more information about how you can start an apprenticeship or traineeship, and where it can take you. Explore courses, more occupations and everything you need to know to kick-start your career.

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