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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 Jobs and Skills 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.
If you're in year 11 or 12, the PAiS program involves attending school, completing Certificate II Pre-Apprenticeship training at North Metropolitan TAFE, and completing work placements with an employer. 
More information can be hound here.
Fees for apprenticeships and traineeships
Apprentices are legally liable for their own TAFE fees and charges. 
Employers are not obliged to pay for apprentice fees and charges in advance. However some Industrial Agreements (Awards) require employers to reimburse their apprentice upon receipt of satisfactory progress.  It is at the employer’s discretion whether they elect to pay apprentices fees up front, or reimburse the apprentice, if required in their relevant Industrial Agreement. Please refer to your Industrial Agreement (Award) which can be found at either:
State based Awards
  •  Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission
      W  www.wairc.wa.gov.au Opens in a new window
      T   Wageline on 1300 655 266
Federal (Modern) Awards
  •  Fair Work Australia 
      W  www.fairwork.gov.au Opens in a new window  
      T   13 13 94
If an employer elects to pay the fees for their apprentice and trainee, they will be billed directly by North Metropolitan TAFE.  It is important to note that the student remains legally liable for the debt at all times and should an employer fail to make payment, these fees will become the debt of the student.  
All apprentices and trainees will enrol on a semester basis. Enrolment will occur following the completion of the Training Plan and thereafter at the beginning of Semester 1 (February) and the beginning of Semester 2 (July) each year until TAFE training has been completed.
Fees will be invoiced and paid at the beginning of each semester. Apprentices and trainees who pay their own fees can opt to pay by instalment over 20 weeks of the semester.
Fees Assistance
There are some organisations that may be able to assist with the cost of fees and charges.  
Funding support
Students and employers should investigate options and requirements for such schemes as they are not endorsed by North Metropolitan TAFE and links are provided for information only.
Page last updated September 03, 2018