Training Options

There are a range of organisations that can help you access further training to help you find another job.

Registered Training Organisations

As well as TAFEs there are around 600 private training organisations providing accredited and government-funded training under the Victorian Training Guarantee. Your employer may already have a relationship with one or more of these organisations. Alternatively, to find out about Registered Training Organisations in your area, call the TAFE and Training Line on 13 18 23.

To find courses and training organisations, see: Victorian Skills Gateway

Learn Local

Every year over 110,000 Victorians choose to learn through Learn Local organisations. There are over 320 Learn Local organisations across rural, regional and metropolitan Victoria that offer a range of adult community education and training programs for people from all walks of life.

Courses range from basic computer skills to Certificates and Diplomas in business or community services. You can also do Foundation Skills courses, which help you improve your literacy and numeracy. The focus is on individual needs, tailoring programs for both the learner and businesses.

No matter what level of education or training you have had in the past, Learn Local can help. New skills can be life changing, offering job choices, further education and the chance to interact with others in your Learn Local community.

For more information, see: Learn Local Courses

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Many employers are willing to train an employee as an apprentice or trainee, to gain the skills their business needs. Apprentices and trainees gain those skills through practical experience in the workplace as well as through structured training at work or at a training organisation. Apprenticeships and traineeships are not only for the young. Mature workers are known for their ability to bring commitment to their industry and increasing numbers of older workers are undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship. There are apprenticeships or traineeships in almost all industries.

As well as going to Australian Apprenticeship Centres and Group Training Organisations you can look for apprenticeships advertised online or in the newspaper, or approach employers directly to express your interest.

For more information about apprenticeships, see: Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Australian Apprenticeship Centres

Your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre is your one-stop shop if you are seeking an apprenticeship. They are able to link into job-matching services to put you in touch with employers. Importantly, they can tell you if you are eligible for government financial assistance for an apprenticeship and help you complete the relevant application forms. Get started by finding your nearest Australian Apprenticeship Centre using the search tool at or by calling the Australian Apprenticeship referral line on 13 38 73 (local call cost).

The Australian Apprenticeships website provides:

  • information to help you choose an industry you want to work in
  • information on job prospects and weekly earnings
  • ways to find job vacancies
  • tips on how to market yourself
  • tips on how to apply for positions and write an application
  • tips on ways to increase your chances of success at interviews.

Group Training Organisations

Group Training is a training and employment arrangement where an organisation, known as a Group Training Organisation or GTO, employs apprentices and trainees under an Apprenticeship/Traineeship Training Contract and places them with host employers.

For more information call (03) 9639 3955 or see: Group Training Association of Victoria