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 lasts until you complete your training and you 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 workplaces. 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. 

Meet Srecko "Shrek"

Srecko Elcic
4th year Apprentice
Certificate III Hairdressing [SHB30416]
IL Barbiere

Gifted groomer,
passion for style
and hands on learner

Hi, I’m Shrek and when I chose barbering I was not picking a job; I was picking an art to master.

Every day I get to use my passion and style to make people feel great about themselves.
Amongst witty banter with my customers; I enjoy learning one-on-one with direct hands-on training to master techniques. Plus the freedom to be experimental too.

Meet Shantel

Shantel Hall
Certificate III in Business [BSB30115] Trainee

Customer service extraordinaire,
go getter and skill seeker

Hi, I’m Shantel and as a trainee with Datacom, a large and growing company, I am exposed to so many new  skills whilst undertaking on the job learning and I get  a qualification at the same time.

I feel my traineeship is a great pathway for my business career.



An apprenticeship or traineeship gives you the chance to build transferrable skills which attract employers making you more job-ready.

CAREER Options

There are over 400 professions ranging from traditional trades, engineering, media, retail, business and financial services.

Earn while you learn

As an apprentice or trainee you are paid a wage whilst achieving a nationally recognised qualification.

Valuable on-the-job experience

Doing an apprenticeship or traineeship gives you real workplace experience and will help you climb the career ladder, giving you the chance to find out what is best for you along the way.

Learn from the best

Do it like the professionals and learn step-by-step from the best in the business.

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