Want to become an apprentice or trainee?

Completing an apprenticeship or traineeship allows you to become qualified in a trade or vocation and be paid a wage as you’re learning. Your training will usually include a mix of classroom or workshop learning and practical learning on the job with your employer.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be either full-time or part-time, or even school-based (started whilst you are still at school).

Apprentices and trainees undertake a nationally recognised qualification as part of their training contract. There are many types of trades and vocations to choose from, including hairdresser, manager, child care worker, mechanic, electrician, chef, plumber and cabinet maker.

Find the trade or job you want to do

There are many resources available for you to learn more about becoming qualified in an important trade or vocation. Some useful places to begin looking into apprenticeships or traineeships include:

Visit the WorkReady website to learn more about how getting an apprenticeship or traineeship in South Australia.

School-based apprenticeships

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship commences while you’re still in school. People taking this path attend school part of the week, go to work on some days and attend a training provider on others.

Enrolling in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship has a number of benefits, including starting your training whilst also completing your SACE, earning money while you learn, and gaining experience in the trade or vocation of your choice.

Like regular apprentices and trainees, you will need to sign a training contract with an employer who will provide you with on-job training. A training plan will also be established which lists the formal (off-job) training you will receive from your training provider.

Visit the WorkReady website to learn more about school-based apprenticeships or traineeships.

Improve your chances of getting an apprenticeship

Pre-apprenticeships and pre-vocational courses can help you to try out a trade or job and get some valuable experience. You’ll do some classroom study that can earn credit towards a full apprenticeship, and improve your chances of getting an apprenticeship. Courses are usually at Certificate II level.

To find information on pre-apprenticeships and pre-vocational courses, visit the Australian Apprenticeship Pathways website and use the pre-apprenticeship course finder.

Looking for more information?

Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services is available to help you start on the path to your future career.

Phone: 1800 673 097 or email: dsd.tas@sa.gov.au