Preparation

Think about which career path best suits you. Australian Apprenticeships are available in over 500 occupations, so chances are there’ll be one that matches your interests. 

If you are still at school discuss Australian Apprenticeships with your career advisers or teachers.

Investigate your training and career options at:

On the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website you will find detailed information about potential Australian Apprenticeship job options and occupation pathways. You can also take a number of practice aptitude quizzes to see if you are suited to the career pathway of your choice.

Write or brush up your résumé. Don’t forget to include:

  • your contact details;
  • your school studies, achievements and work experience; and
  • your interests, skills and career goals.

On the My Future and Job Guide websites there are some great tips and examples for resume writing.

Also, the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways You Tube Channel ‘Australian Apprenticeships - My Gain’ features videos which highlight the job hunting experiences of apprentices and trainees across a range of industries.

For information about the structure and fees of a particular course, contact a Registered Training Organisation.

Action

Visit an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Aprenticeship Network) provider who can provide advice and assistance to help you find an apprenticeship. You may be able to access targeted support services to select the apprenticeship, occupation or training pathway that is most suited to you. These services could include assessing your suitability for an apprenticeship and connecting you with an employer.

Alternatively, you can find an employer willing to take you on as an Australian Apprentice. You can do this by:

  • looking in the job vacancy ads in your local paper or on the web
  • contacting a jobactive organisation in your region
  • contacting employers in the industries you’d like to work in. Go and see them and leave a copy of your résumé
  • network to see if there are any opportunities within your local community, or through friends and family; or
  • contacting a Group Training Organisation.

Once you’ve found an apprenticeship, ask your employer to call their local Apprenticeship Network provider. The Apprenticeship Network provider will work with you and your future employer to identify the right training and support you may need throughout your apprenticeship and through to completion.  They also will help you to sign-up to the training contract and assess your eligibility for Australian Government incentives and a Trade Support Loan.

Where can I find more information?

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider  or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.

For general employment information: