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Apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships are the way to go if you wish to kick start your career, re-enter the workforce or simply change your career.

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work with structured training and require you to enter into a formal training contract with an employer.

Why do an apprenticeship or traineeship?
  • You learn the skills on the job, study, and earn and income
  • You can be employed full-time, part-time or while you are at school
  • You graduate with a trade qualification or in the case of a traineeship with a qualification ranging from a Certificate III to a Diploma.
When qualified you can look forward to:

An apprenticeship generally takes three to four years on-the-job training in traditional trade areas like mechanical fitter, plumbing, cooking, electronics and communications, or barbering. 

While a traineeship generally takes 2 years on-the-job training on vocational areas like tourism, travel, laboratory techniques, or accounting.  

When qualified you can look forward to:

  • Higher pay rate
  • Great job prospects
  • Advance your career.
How do I get an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Talk to career advisers, family, and friends as well as people in the industry. If still at school, talk to your VET coordinator or career adviser.

Do some research – these websites will help you find information:

Create a personal portfolio and resume

Find an employer

There are four Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers in Western Australia contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers

These are tailored to the needs of employers and apprentices throughout the apprenticeship lifecycle from pre-commencement to completion.

Sign the training contract
Once you have found the position, you or your employer should contact the 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. 

Enrol at North Metropolitan TAFE
Through your employer, you enrol at North Metropolitan TAFE. We will develop a training plan with you.


If an office ‘isn’t you' and you would like to work with your hands then an apprenticeship or traineeship may be the right fit. 

North Metropolitan TAFE offers Pre-apprenticeship courses in industries to be considered in high demand now or will be in high demand in WA, maximising your employment outcomes. These courses take about six to nine months to complete.  

  • The skills you gain may shorten the term of a subsequent apprenticeship
  • You are more marketable to the employers.
Pre-apprenticeship in School (PAIS) programs

If you are in Y11 or Y12, the PAiS program involves attending school, completing Certificate II Pre-Apprenticeship training at North Metropolitan TAFE, and completing work placements with an employer.

Fees for apprenticeships and traineeships

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
  T    Wageline on 1300 655 266
Federal (Modern) awards 
Fair Work Australia 
  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 October 23, 2019