Apprenticeships and traineeships

Earn as you learn

Apprenticeships and traineeships give you practical, transferable skills, workforce experience and the foundation of a solid career. And they’re paid positions, so you earn as you learn.

As an apprentice or trainee, you’ll combine time at work with training. You can begin an apprenticeship or traineeship while you’re still at school.

You’ll enter into a training contract with your employer and receive formal and on-the-job training to learn your trade or occupation. Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship or traineeship you’ll get a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are available in a wide range of industries. You probably know about apprenticeships in the building and construction or food industries, but did you know you can do an apprenticeship in the telecommunications or information technology industries?

Find more information about apprenticeships and traineeships on the Department of Education and Training (DET) website.

You can also talk to the Australian Apprenticeships Training Information Service on free call 1800 338 022.

Or contact your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre:

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs)

If you are enrolled in VCE or VCAL, an SBAT can offer you the opportunity to combine school with part-time employment and Vocational Education and Training (VET). An SBAT becomes part of your senior secondary school program and your school study timetable.

A number of people are involved in arranging an SBAT, including you, your parents, the employer, the RTO, your school and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

SBATs require approximately two days a week consisting of both training and employment, contribute towards your VCE or VCAL, lead to a nationally recognised qualification and include paid work.

To find further information about SBATs please check the DET website.