Restarting your apprenticeship or traineeship​

If you’ve started an apprenticeship or traineeship at some stage, and stopped, you’re an out of trade apprentice/trainee. It may be possible to restart your apprenticeship or traineeship. You may also get credit for the previous work and training you’ve done.

How it works

If you stopped doing your apprenticeship or traineeship before you gained competence in all the required skills, you are considered an out of trade apprentice or trainee.

You can restart with an employer (even your previous employer if they’re agreeable) and draw up a new training contract and a new training plan.

You may seek credit for relevant training and industry experience including:

  • pre-vocational training or pre-apprenticeship training
  • relevant units of competency and qualifications you have already achieved
  • significant on the job experience in the same industry.

Following negotiation with the training provider, this may result in fewer units of competency needing to be completed for the qualification.

Relevant supporting documents should be forwarded to Regulation and Contract Management if you wish to apply.

For more information, contact Regulation and Contract Management.

Finding a new employer

The Skill Connect Out of Trade Register is a valuable tool for out of trade apprentices trying to find a new employer.

 See Skill Connect Register to find out more.

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