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What you need to know about becoming an Apprentice or Trainee

To start an apprenticeship or traineeship you will need to find an employer who will take you on as an apprentice or trainee.

Learn the skills of a trade or occupation in the workplace with an apprenticeship or traineeship. You get a mix of classroom learning and real-world experience, and you get paid while you work towards your qualification. Once completed, your qualifications are recognised around Australia.

Apprentices learn a skilled trade under a qualified tradesperson, while also studying off the job at TAFE SA. You and your employer sign a contract that remains active throughout the entire duration of your studies, until you complete your training, and both agree that you are competent. When your apprenticeship is complete, you receive a trade certificate. Some examples of trades include chef, cabinet maker, hairdresser, electrician, plumber and motor mechanic.

Trainees also learn on the job, which can be in many kinds of workplace. A traineeship can result in qualifications ranging from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma. As with an apprenticeship, you sign a contract with an employer that lasts until you have completed your training. 

5 Steps to success for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship

Download the TAFE SA Apprenticeship and Traineeship brochure for hints, tips and contact details to help you on the path to success. Also available from a campus near you.


Discover a career that excites you.

Learn about industries that best suit you and your interests.

Helpful sites:

  • Job Outlook - career and job prospects information site
  • My Future - career options, job descriptions, resources for advisors
  • – discover your passion, career options


Apply for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship

Prepare your Resume and search job sites online, ask family or friends for referrals and research companies you would like to work for.

  • OR get in touch with a Group Training Organisation (GTO) which is an organisation that employs apprentices and trainees, and then place them with a host employer.
  • OR use an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). 


Enrol at TAFE SA

Your new employer, GTO or AASN will connect you with TAFE SA to confirm the appropriate qualification that will both meet your career goals and be suitable for the workplace. 

Once you have started work, an AASN will help you and your employer complete a Training Contract. TAFE SA will assist you and your employer to develop a Training Plan.

* If the apprentice or trainee is under 18, the parent or guardian must also agree.
* If the apprentice or trainee is still in school, the school's VET Coordinator or Principal must also agree, and a VETRO application needs to be submitted. You can find more information about this process at School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.


Start your journey with us

Learn with TAFE SA’s industry trained staff and access the latest learning technologies through our unrivalled and award-winning specialist education centres. Our qualifications are nationally recognised and give you the skills that employers want. We consult regularly with industry and make regular updates to ensure they stay that way.  


Never stop learning

After your apprenticeship or traineeship, the sky’s the limit to advance your career and build new skills. Many apprentices and trainees go onto further study like project management or courses to start their own business or to upgrade their skills to ensure they are current to industry requirements.

Applying for Apprenticeships and Traineeships

To start an apprenticeship or traineeship you will need to find an employer who will take you on as an apprentice or trainee.

Talk to local businesses, or contact one of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Networks which operate in South Australia. 

Find an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider

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