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Where to start with a school based apprenticeship or traineeship​

If you’re in Year 10, 11 or 12, you can start an Australian school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

Three steps

1. Decide on a trade or job you want to do. If you need some ideas, register with myfuture, and complete the questionnaire.

2. If you know what you’d like to do, see Choose a Career. It has information on a range of industry sectors and jobs from mining to media, science to sport. 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.
3. Talk with your school careers adviser, VET coordinator or apprenticeship broker about starting an Australian School-based Apprenticeship or traineeship (ASbA). They can advise you and help you to:
  • find an employer who may take you on
  • juggle timetabling (while you are doing school and work)
  • decide on whether a pre-apprenticeship or pre-vocational course is right for you

If your school can’t link you up with an employer, start your own search. Look in newspapers and on notice boards; ask around businesses near where you live – is anyone looking to take on an apprentice or trainee in your chosen trade or career?

Australian apprenticeship pathways

To find information on apprenticeships and traineeships including thousands of job and training descriptions and over 60 job pathways charts visit Australian Apprenticeship Pathways.

More information

If you’re in a government school, find the details of your school’s apprenticeship broker. Brokers can help you with most aspects of doing an ASbA, including finding an employer.

See how to prepare for a traineeship or apprenticeship.

If you have more questions about, contact Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services.

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