Useful contacts and links

VET in schools

The Department of Training and Workforce Development works with the education systems and sector, School Curriculum and Standards Authority and industry to support the delivery of quality VET in Schools​ programs in Western Australian schools.

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The Department of Training and Workforce Development provides the Western Australian Pre-apprenticeship Program to prepare students and make them more competetive when applying for an apprenticeship.

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.

There are many pre-apprenticeship courses​ on offer at registered training organisations (RTOs) across the State.

The WA Pre-apprenticeship Program Business Rules​ set out how pre-apprenticeship programs must be structured, including pre-apprenticeships in schools.

Pre-apprenticeships in Schools are a limited selection of pre-apprenticeship courses that have been nominated by industry training councils as valid pathways for secondary students into related apprenticeships. Complettion of a pre-apprenticeship may also contribute to a student's WACE.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

  • Apprenticeship Office

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development's Apprenticeship Office (formerly ApprentiCentre) administers training contracts and regulates the apprenticeship system in Western Australia as prescribed in Part 7 of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 (the VET Act) and associated Regulations.

    The Apprenticeship Office also has a compliance role that includes audits on training plans, assessments on employers' suitability to train their apprentice(s), and ensuring that regulatory requirements are maintained across the apprenticeship/traineeship system. The Apprenticeship Office also provides a dispute resolution service for employers and apprentices/trainees where disagreement may arise under the training contract.

    T: 13 19 54
  • Classification of Prescribed Vocational Education and Training Qualifications (Class A/B Register)
    The Class A and B qualifications list (also known as the Class A/B Register) is the official list of all apprenticeships and traineeships available in Western Australia.

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Training and career support

  • Career Centre
    The Department's Career Centre provides free and independent training information and career guidance. Their website provides free access to information, resources and tools to assist with career planning and development.
  • Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres (AWDCs)
    The Department has five AWDCs across Western Australia. The AWDCs provide Aboriginal people with career guidance, information about training options and access to job opportunities. The AWDCs also work with employers to promote diversity in the workforce.
  • Workforce Development Centres
    The overarching objective for the WDCs is to assist individuals of any age and at any point throughout their lives to make informed educational, training and occupational choices.

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VET regulators and advisory bodies



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Last modified: 25/11/2016 11:34 AM