Who Can Become an Apprentice or Trainee?

​Anyone of working age who is interested in a career in the industry of their choice can be an apprentice or trainee (subject to citizenship or visa conditions).

Are you a potential apprentice or trainee? 

You may not have previously considered yourself as a potential apprentice or trainee, so you may like to consider one of the following options:

Still at school?

If you are still at school you may have developed an interest in an industry, but would like to finish your VCE or VCAL, talk to your careers advisers about a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. Under a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, you will spend time at school, time with your employer, and some time doing training with a TAFE or training provider.

Employed in the industry but lacking the right skills?

Some employers are willing to train as an apprentice or trainee someone they already employ, if this employee doesn’t have some of the skills their industry requires. In this situation, apprenticeships and traineeships can help you gain those skills through both the structured off-the-job or workplace-based training and practical experience in the workplace. This will benefit both you and your employer.

Want to move into a new industry?

If you are already employed, and want to enter a new field of employment, apprenticeships and traineeships can offer you a pathway for moving into a new industry confident of knowing that when you start your new career you will have a sound knowledge of how it operates.

A mature worker?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are not only for the young! Mature workers are known for their ability to bring commitment to their industry and this has been recognised by the increasing numbers of older workers undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship. Apprenticeships and traineeships operate in exactly the same way for all ages, and you are encouraged to look at this new way of progressing in your career.

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