You may be able to get financial assistance from the following sources:
Most modern awards require employers to pay excess costs incurred for travel to attend block release training or reimburse tuition fees. To find out whether you are covered by such an award:
In some cases, employers will voluntarily pay tuition fees so you are encouraged to ask whether they would consider this.
VicRoads - car registration discount
As of 1 January 2016, trade apprentices became eligible for a 50 per cent discount on a 12-month car registration. This is a saving of up to $385.70.
To be eligible for the discount a trade apprentice must:
- be registered with the Victorian Registrations Qualification Authority (VRQA) in an eligible course
- be the registered operator of the light motor vehicle (motorcycles, trailers and mobile plant are excluded)
- not already have a concession applied to the vehicle (except for discounts for hybrid and electric passenger vehicles)
- be using the vehicle for work purposes, including travelling to multiple and varied work sites (this does not include commuting or travel to and from a single work site)
- hold a current driver licence
- not already have a trade apprentice discount applied on another vehicle.
How to apply
For registrations due on or after 1 January 2016, trade apprentices can check their eligibility and apply online at Vicroads after receiving their renewal notice. Apprentices will need to provide their VRQA registration number, vehicle registration number and driver licence number to apply. The use of a vehicle for work purposes will be verified with the apprentice's employer.
For more information, see
Trade Support Loans
Trade Support Loans are loans paid in instalments totaling up to $20,000 over the life of an Australian Apprenticeship. These loans are intended to assist apprentices with everyday costs while they complete their apprenticeship.
For more information contact your Apprenticeship Network Provider
Unemployed (out of trade) Apprentices
If your apprenticeship has been cancelled, you can register your interest in getting another apprenticeship on the
Need an Apprentice website
The Need An Apprentice website lets unemployed apprentices post their resume and apply for jobs on-line. Employers can also advertise apprenticeship vacancies. Registering may assist you to get a job and finish your apprenticeship.
If you are an out of Trade apprentice, you can also continue to receive government subsidised training in your apprenticeship qualification. This can continue until you either complete the qualification or find a new employer (as long as you keep paying your tuition fees).