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Where to start with an apprenticeship or traineeship​

Find the trade or job you want to do – then talk to the people who can make your apprenticeship or traineeship happen.

First, decide what sort of apprenticeship or traineeship you want to do

  1. What trade or vocation are you interested in? Ask friends, relatives or career counsellors what they think you’re good at – where do they think your skills lie? If you need more ideas, register with myfuture and complete the questionnaire. 
  2. If you know what you’d like to do, visit Choose a Career. It has information on a range of industry sectors and jobs from mining to media, science to sport.
  3. It can tell you:
    • what sort of skills or training you’ll need to enter an industry or job
    • where jobs are, now and in the future
    • quick facts about different industries, including wages
    • occupations in different industries
    • links to more information.
  4. To find information on apprenticeships and traineeships including thousands of job and training descriptions and over 60 job pathways charts visit Australian Apprenticeship Pathways.

Now find an employer who will take you on as an apprentice or trainee

  1. Talk to local businesses and find out how they recruit for apprentices or trainees. Someone in your area might be looking for someone right now. Check the Register of Approved Employers for employers registered to take on apprentices or trainees in your field of choice. An employer can also add trades and vocations to their scope of registration if they are not currently registered in your field of choice.
  2. Check advertisements in newspapers: is anyone looking for apprentices or trainees? The employment section is the best place to start. Remember, some newspapers have online job ads that you can search.
  3. Try online job sites such as JobSearch, the Jobs Services Australia’s online jobs board. Commercial websites can be useful. Try these sites by searching the web using terms such as jobs South Australia. Look for businesses looking for apprentices or trainees.
  4. Consider a group training organisation (GTO). A GTO will employ you as an apprentice or trainee and send you out to work with a host employer. The GTO keeps an eye on you while you’re there, pays your wages and helps you figure out any issues. It also organises your off-job training.

Get more information on group training organisations.

Next, meet with an Australian Apprenticeships Centre

Once an employer has agreed to take you on as an apprentice or trainee, they will contact their nearest Australian Apprenticeships Centre (AAC).

There are AACs across the state. They offer a free service, bringing together all the parts of your apprenticeship or traineeship. They will:
  • help you and your employer draw up a training contract
  • complete and lodge the training contract with Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services (TAS) within the South Australian government
  • check to see that you can get government funding
  • provide information on where to get help if you run into problems.

To find your nearest Australian Apprenticeships Centre, go to Find my AAC or call 13 38 73.

Then find a training provider

Your apprenticeship or traineeship is generally made up of two types of training: on-job training (learning on the job under your employer or supervisor) and off-job.

Off-job training is usually carried out by the training provider in classrooms or workshops.

As part of its service, your training provider will tell you what off-job training components (often called units of competency) are needed to complete your qualification.

Your employer may have suggestions or a preference about where you can get this training. However, you make the final decision together (many people prefer to study close to where they live or work).

If you have been accepted by an employer to do an apprenticeship or traineeship then you will be eligible for off-job training.

If your course is government-funded, you and/or your employer will pay little or nothing towards your tuition fees.

Search for a training course.

Pre-apprenticeship and pre-vocational courses

These courses can help you try out a trade or job and get some valuable experience. You’ll do some classroom learning that can earn credit towards a full apprenticeship.

Courses are usually at Certificate II level. If you are currently looking for work, there are courses available that can help you.

Learn more about training to prepare for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

If you’re still at school

You can begin your training for a job or trade while you’re at school.

Learn more about school based apprenticeships and traineeships.

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