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Apprenticeships and traineeships

Australian Apprenticeships (often referred to as apprenticeships or traineeships) are available to anyone of working age.

You can do an Australian Apprenticeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker simply wishing to change careers. You can even begin your Australian Apprenticeship while you're still at school finishing Years 11 and 12. You do not need a secondary school certificate or other qualification to be able to do an Australian Apprenticeship.

Australian Apprenticeships offer opportunities for you to train, study and earn an income at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations as well as in traditional trades. As an Australian Apprentice, you can combine time at work with training and can be either full-time, part-time or school-based. 

Once you complete your Australian Apprenticeship, you will have a nationally recognised qualification that can take you anywhere in Australia and that is held in high regard in many other countries as well. 

Funding under Smart and Skilled

NSW Government funding is available for the formal training component of apprenticeships and most traineeships. Under Smart and Skilled, all apprenticeship and most traineeship qualifications are subsidised. Training for existing-worker trainees is not subsidised.

To find out more about the funding available, please visit Training Services NSW, NSW Department of Industry's Smart and Skilled prices and fees web page. 

To find out what NSW apprenticeships and traineeships are available, please visit the Training Services NSW, NSW Department of Industry's Apprenticeship and Traineeship Search web page. 

Supervisors of Apprentices and Trainees

Free workshops are available from Training Services NSW for supervisors of apprentices or trainees. These workshops provide valuable information and are held in a range of regional across NSW. In the workshops you will learn:

  • how to effectively supervise and “coach” apprentices & trainees
  • the importance of effective communication in the workplace
  • what to expect from the training provider - arranging training that works for you and your business
  • practical ideas to help address workplace bullying and harassment issues
  • about Training Services NSW - who are they and how they support you and your apprentice/trainee.

For a list of upcoming Supervisor Workshops and information on how to register, please click here