Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Do you want to start an apprenticeship or traineeship? Or maybe you're an employer planning to take on an apprentice or trainee? There are great benefits for all involved.

For individuals

Entering an apprenticeship or traineeship is a great way to secure your future. There's a wide range of options available including those in automotive, bricklaying, carpentry, commercial cookery, engineering and hairdressing.

As an apprentice or trainee, you will learn a skill or trade through a combination of work and structured learning to a nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II, III or IV or Diploma level.

You can contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre, your local jobactive provider, Group Training Organisations or State Training Services to find out more. Alternatively you can contact Course Information on 131 601.

Business and employers

A great way to improve your business, apprenticeships and traineeships are available to:

  • new employees (New Entrant Trainees)
  • existing employees (Existing Worker Trainees)
  • part time employees (New Entrant or Existing Worker Trainees)
  • part-time School Based Trainees and Apprentices.

There can be many benefits to your business including:

  • an opportunity to expand
  • develop your workers skills
  • keep up with technological changes
  • satisfy your customers’ needs
  • meet the demand of new and emerging markets
  • offering financial incentives, from the Australian government, for both employers and trainees, thus reducing your wage costs

The training options are now more flexible and can be customised to suit your business demands.

To find out more about obtaining a traineeship or apprenticeship for your employees, or to book, contact a Business Manager on 131 601.

You can also contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre which can:

  • assist you in establishing trainee arrangements
  • provide you with information on trainee eligibility and advice on employer Government subsidies
  • administer the payment of Australian Government incentives for employers.

Your training Options

Pre-employment/ Pre-apprenticeships courses

If you’re interested in a particular trade, but are having trouble securing an Apprenticeship or Traineeship you might consider a pre-apprenticeship or pre-vocational training course.

These courses will allow you to undertake off-the-job training where to gain basic skills in your chosen industry. These often lead to securing an apprenticeship or traineeship. You will gain Recognition for the units of competence that you have successfully completed.

For more information, contact Course Information on 131 601 or check out our Course and Career Browser.

Interstate Apprentices and Trainees

TAFE NSW offers courses for apprentices and trainees in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Queensland (QLD) and Tasmania (TAS).

Below are the courses offered, if you or your company require other courses to be delivered in your state please contact TAFE NSW for more information.

ACT Government

Courses offered:

We have various courses available through User Choice with Skills Canberra.

Please visit the Skills Canberra to view the courses offered by TAFE NSW in the ACT.


Australian Capitol Territory apprentice & trainee schedule of fees

Traineeships are capped at $1000

Apprenticeships are capped at $2000

To help you manage your financial commitments, TAFE NSW offers you a choice of upfront payment or smaller payments spread out over a number of instalments.

Queensland Government

Course offered:

  • MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication (Surface Finishing)

Please visit Queensland Training Information Service for more details.

Skills Tasmania

Courses offered:

  • MSA30309 Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating Application
  • CPC32111 Certificate III in Signage

Please visit Skills Tasmania for more details.

For more information please contact TAFE NSW Wollongong on phone 4229 0042.

Useful links

DET Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Australian Apprenticeships

Australian Apprenticeships Job Pathways

My Skills - Australia's directory of training

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Australian Government’s Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program

TAFE NSW Third Party Payment form