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Apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work with structured training and they are a great way to start your career.

Open to men and women of all ages, apprenticeships and traineeships require you to enter into a formal training contract with an employer to learn skills on the job.
If you’re interested in traditional technical trades like bricklaying or mechanics, then it’s likely you would consider an apprenticeship.

Traineeships are usually in non-traditional trade areas such as business, beauty and health.

Why do an apprenticeship or traineeship?
 • You get paid while you learn
 • You get a nationally recognised qualification
 • You can start your training at school.
When qualified you can look forward to
 • Higher pay
 • Great job prospects
 • Qualification and skills for further education and training.
How Do I get an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?
1. Do some research – talk with teachers, career advisers and family and friends.
Talk with people in the industry and arrange work experience. You may wish to telephone the Career Centre on 13 64 64 or visit these websites to help you find information:
 •  dtwd.wa.gov.au/apprenticeshipoffice
 •  jobsearch.gov.au
 •  myfuture.edu.au
2. Create a personal portfolio and resume
3. Find an employer

Go online and search job vacancy sites and research companies you are interested in for possible vacancies. Some websites that list job vacancies include:
 •  careerone.com.au
 •​​​​​​​  seek.com.au
 •​​​​​​​  jobs.wa.gov.au
4. Sign the training contract
Once you have a position, you or your employer should contact Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) to organise the signing of your training contract. The Department of Training and Workplace Development's Apprenticeship Office registers and administer training contracts for apprentices in Western Australia. 
5. Enrol at North Metropolitan TAFE
Through your employer, you enrol at North Metropolitan TAFE. We will develop a training plan with you.
Pre-apprenticeship courses take about six to nine months and the skills you gain may shorten the term of a subsequent apprenticeship. 
If an office job "isn't you" and you like to work with your hands then an apprenticeship or traineeship may be the right fit.



Page last updated November 10, 2017