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Apprenticeships and traineeships combine on and off the job training with paid employment so you earn a wage while also working towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Sydney TAFE also offers school-based apprenticeships and traineeships for high school students as part of TVET.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprentice is trained in a skilled trade. On completion, you will become a qualified tradesperson. Apprenticeships usually take 3-4 years and can be undertaken part-time, full-time or even while you’re still at school.

What is a traineeship?

When you take up a traineeship, you learn on the job while you study at Sydney TAFE. Traineeships take 1-2 years to complete and you’ll receive a nationally accredited certificate on successful completion.

Traineeships are available in a range business and industry sectors and most vocational areas not covered by apprenticeships.

Who can become an apprentice or trainee?

To be eligible for government-subsidised training as an apprentice or trainee you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or a permanent resident, or humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen
  • be 15 years or older
  • live or work in NSW
  • no longer be at school (except for school-based apprenticeships and traineeships)
  • have found an employer who will take you on as an apprentice or trainee.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships offered as part of TVET allow high school students to commence an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while still at school.

A minimum of one day a week is spent on the job with an employer, plus a portion of the school holidays. For the rest of the school week, students complete the Sydney TAFE component of their training as well as their other HSC subjects.

School-based apprentices can start full-time employment as a second year apprentice after completing Year 12.

School-based trainees complete their formal or off-the job traineeship training by the end of Year 12.

Trade Suppor​t Loans

Trade Support Loans are loans for apprentices paid in instalments totalling up to $20,000 during an Australian apprenticeship. These loans are to assist you meet the costs of living and learning while you undertake your trade, and you receive a 20% discount off your loan when you complete your apprenticeship

Go to the Australian Apprenticeships website for further information.

How does it work?

Step 1- Find the career of your dreams.

Step 2 - Find an employer willing to support you in an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Step 3 - Your employer contacts an Australian Apprenticeship Centre and completes a Training Contract with you.

Step 4 - Enrol with Sydney TAFE.

Talk to us

Call us on 1300 360 601 for more information about apprenticeships and traineeships or to make an appointment to speak with one of our counsellors about career options.

Information for employers

If you’re an employer and currently or planning to support apprentices or trainees in your business, we have specialised support for you. Read the TAFE NSW apprenticeships and traineeships information for employers.

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