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Preparation

Australian Apprenticeships are available in over 500 occupations, so you'll need to spend time thinking about and researching the career path that best suits you. 

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

If you are still at school you should discuss options such as an Australian School-based Apprenticeship with your parents, carers, careers advisers and teachers.

Videos of apprentices and trainees sharing their experiences across a broad range of industries can be found on the Australian Training Awards 'Real Stories Real Achievements' and the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways 'Australian Apprenticeships - My Gain' channels. These videos may help you to better understand what your chosen pathway may entail.

Action

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

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

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

  • contacting a Group Training Organisation
  • contacting a jobactive organisation in your region
  • looking in the job vacancy ads in your local paper or on the web
  • contacting employers in the industries you’d like to work in
  • networking to see if there are any opportunities within your local community, friends or family.

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

Where can I find more information?

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

For general employment information:

  • for assistance in obtaining employment visit the Australian Job Search web site
  • to find a jobactive organisation in your region, visit the jobactive website or call 13 62 68
  • for wages, benefits and allowances information call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit the Fair Work Ombudsman
  • for information on Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY call the Human Services Australian Apprenticeships hotline on 13 36 33 or visit the Department of Human Services website
  • for information on assistance for people with a disability call the Employment Assistance Fund on 1800 464 800 or visit Job Access
  • for career information and resources, such as tips for writing a resume visit myfuture
  • for other services that may assist you in your apprenticeship or traineeship journey visit our Useful Links