Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to start a career. They combine practical experience at work with structured training. As an apprentice or trainee, a young person enters into a formal training contract with an employer that leads to a nationally recognised qualification. In traditional technical trades like bricklaying or cabinet making, an apprenticeship would be the usual option.  Traineeships are usually in non-trade areas such as hospitality, business, manufacturing and health. Most of the time is spent in paid employment, learning practical skills on the job and putting them into practice. The rest of the time is spent in structured training at TAFE or in the workplace. The training requirements are part of the training plan which is negotiated between employee and employer, employee and TAFE.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are competency based. This means that training can be completed earlier if the skill levels required for the Industry have been reached.  Apprenticeships and traineeships are available to people of all ages. Most can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis – and some can be started at school (School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship).

As an apprentice/trainee you: earn wages while you’re learning, can complete your training sooner if you have the skills, gain qualifications recognised Australia wide and may be able to start training while still at school. When qualified you can look forward to higher pay, improved job prospects, qualifications and skills for further education and training and choices to advance your career.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are available in over 300 occupations and their availability varies from State to State. In addition to the traditional apprenticeship trades, opportunities are to be found in the fields of:

  • Administration
  • Arts and the media
  • Banking, insurance and financial services
  • Building including bricklaying, cabinet making, carpentry and joinery, glass cutting and glazing, masonry, painting, plastering, plumbing and gas fitting, roof tiling, sprinkler fitting.
  • Child care
  • Communications and information technology
  • Community services and health
  • Electrical including electrical fitter, electrical mechanic, electrical trades person
  • Food including baking, bread making, chef, general butcher, pastry working and patisserie
  • Hairdressing
  • Horticultural including flower and vegetable seed propagation, gardening, green keeping, nursery work, fruit tree cultivation
  • Manufacturing operations
  • Metal including blacksmithing, boiler making, fitting and turning, machining, moulding, sheet metal working, tool making, welding.
  • Printing book binder, compositor, graphic reproduction, letterpress machinist, printing machining.
  • Sales
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Transport, warehousing and furniture removals
  • Vehicle including automotive electrics, fitting, body builder, coach painting, motor mechanic, panel beater

Assistance in relation to TAFE, Apprenticeship & Traineeship opportunities may be obtained from:

Career Centre
Location: 2nd Floor, City Central Building, 166 Murray Street. PERTH. WA 6000
Ph. 132398
Web site
Hours: 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

Optima Centre – Building B, 16 Parkland Road, Osborne Park
Phone: 13 19 54

Apprenticentre Jobs Board:

North Metropolitan TAFE
South Metropolitan TAFE
Central Regional TAFE
North Regional TAFE
South Regional TAFE

General TAFE website address: http://training and

Training WA: