Apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships are an excellent way to combine training with work, enabling you to have a job while you complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. They are available to anyone of working age. You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker simply wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school in years 11 and 12.

When you finish your apprenticeship or traineeship you will have a nationally recognised qualification that's held in high regard in many overseas countries as well.

Did you know...
In 2016 over 25,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships were registered, and more than 1,200 new employers offered an apprenticeship or traineeship for the first time.

How do I get an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are available in a variety of qualification levels in more than 500 occupations across Australia. They are available for traditional trades such as electrical, building, automotive, hairdressing, tourism and hospitality, as well as a diverse range of emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry; including agriculture, information technology, engineering, telecommunications and property services.

Step 1 – Find a career path that suits you.

Check out the Career development section of our website, or talk to the Career Centre about finding an occupation and career path that will give you the future you’d like.

The Career Centre website can help you decide what sort of work or career would suit you, and can help with information about whether an apprenticeship or traineeship is the right path for your career.

You could also look at the Try it For Five and occupational videos on the Career Centre’s YouTube channel to find out more about different jobs and what they involve.

Step 2 – Talk to an AASN provider or employer.

There are a number of Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers funded by the Commonwealth Government. These AASNs can provide advice and assistance to help you find an apprenticeship or traineeship and are connected to employers looking for apprentices or trainees. Once you’ve found an apprenticeship or traineeship, your AASN will organise everything to get you started.

Alternatively, you can go out and find an employer yourself – either by looking through job ads, or contacting employers directly to see if they have any opportunities available. Once you’ve found an apprenticeship or traineeship, the employer can contact an AASN provider to get things started.




A pre-apprenticeship is a Certificate II program that includes a mandatory period of workplace experience coordinated by the training provider. The aim is to provide students with industry specific training, combined with adequate time in a real workplace to gain skills, knowledge and behaviours to enable transition into an indentured apprenticeship.

The Department provides Western Australia's pre-apprenticeship programs to prepare students and make them more competitive when applying for an apprenticeship.

There are many pre-apprenticeship courses​ on offer at registered training organisations  across the State. You can see the list of pre-apprenticeship courses for 2018 here.


Group training organisations

GTOs employ apprentices and trainees under a training contract and place them with host employers for completion of the apprenticeship/traineeship.

If you are employed with a GTO you may be hosted by more than one employer over the duration of your apprenticeship or traineeship. This can be a great way of getting a variety of workplace experiences.

There's currently a number of GTOs operating in Western Australia, with some operating in more than one region, and together they had almost 2 000 apprenticeship and traineeship commencements in the 2015 to 2016 period.

The goals of group training are to:

  • create additional apprenticeship and traineeship employment opportunities that otherwise might not have existed;
  • provide for continuity of employment of apprentices and trainees through to the completion of their training contract; and
  • improve the quality and breadth of training available to apprentices and trainees, particularly in small and medium sized businesses.

To find out more about what group training can offer, view the list of GTOs in WA and contact those that match with your area of interest for training.

Page last updated December 21, 2017