The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) replaced Australian Apprenticeships Centres nationally on 1 July 2015. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.

The Australian Government is investing up to $190 million annually in the Apprenticeship Network to make it easier for employers to recruit, train and retain apprentices and better support individuals to succeed in the proven earning and learning pathway apprenticeships provide.

A total of 11 Apprenticeship Network providers will deliver support services to employers and Australian Apprentices and trainees* from around 400 locations nationally, including in rural and remote areas.

Apprenticeship Network providers will provide advice and support services tailored to the needs of employers and apprentices throughout the apprenticeship lifecycle – from pre-commencement to completion - through:

  • Universal services for all employers and apprentices, providing essential administrative support, payment processing and regular contact; and
  • Targeted services for employers and individuals assessed as needing additional support to complete the apprenticeship.

Pre-commencement services include screening, testing and job-matching will be available to targeted clients to get the right apprentice in the right apprenticeship with the right employer.

Targeted in-training support services including mentoring, will help apprentices and employers at-risk of not completing the apprenticeship arrangement to work through issues and difficulties.

Apprenticeship Network providers can also provide assistance to individuals who may be unsuited to an apprenticeship to identify alternative training pathways.

Where can I go for more information?

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider.

If you are a school student thinking of starting an Australian Apprenticeship while still at school, your school careers adviser should be your first point of call for information on Australian Apprenticeships.

*In some states, Australian Apprenticeships are known as apprenticeships and traineeships. In the ACT and the NT they are referred to as Australian Apprenticeships.