Where to start with an apprenticeship or traineeship​

Find the trade or job you want to do – then talk to the people who can make your apprenticeship or traineeship happen.

First, decide what sort of apprenticeship or traineeship you want to do

  1. What trade or vocation are you interested in? Ask friends, relatives or career counsellors what they think you’re good at – where do they think your skills lie? If you need more ideas, register with myfuture and complete the questionnaire. 
  2. If you know what you’d like to do, visit Choose a Career. It has information on a range of industry sectors and jobs from mining to media, science to sport. It can tell you:
    • what sort of skills or training you’ll need to enter an industry or job
    • where jobs are, now and in the future
    • quick facts about different industries, including wages
    • occupations in different industries
    • links to more information.
  3. To find information on apprenticeships and traineeships including thousands of job and training descriptions and over 60 job pathways charts visit Australian Apprenticeship Pathways.
  4. The Traineeship and Apprenticeship Pathways Schedule provides a list of every type of apprenticeship and traineeship available to be undertaken in South Australia.

Now find an employer who will take you on as an apprentice or trainee

  1. For tips on applying for jobs, writing a resume or cover letter, and preparing for a job interview, see Applying for jobs.
  2. Talk to local businesses and find out how they recruit for apprentices or trainees. An employer in your area might be looking for someone right now. Check the Training and Skills Register for employers registered to take on apprentices or trainees in your field of choice. 
  3. Check advertisements in newspapers: is anyone looking for apprentices or trainees? The employment section is the best place to start. Remember, some newspapers have online job ads that you can search.
  4. Try online job sites such as jobactive. Commercial websites can be useful. Try these sites by searching the web using terms such as jobs South Australia. Look for businesses looking for apprentices or trainees.
  5. Consider a Group Training Organisation (GTO). A GTO will employ you as an apprentice or trainee and place you with a host employer to do your on-job training. The GTO will check on your progress, assist you with any concerns and pay your wages. They will also organise your off-job training.

Get more information on group training organisations.

Next, meet with an Apprenticeship Network Provider

Once an employer has agreed to take you on as an apprentice or trainee, they will contact their nearest Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP).

There are many ANP offices across the state. They offer a free service to:

  • help you and your employer draw up a training contract
  • complete and lodge the training contract to Regulation and Contract Management within the South Australian Government
  • administer any Australian Government funding for which you may be eligible
  • provide information on where to get help if you run into problems.

To find your nearest Apprenticeship Network Provider, go to Find my ANP or call 13 38 73.

Then find a training provider

Your apprenticeship or traineeship is generally made up of two types of training: on-job training (learning on the job under your employer or supervisor) and off-job training.

Off-job training is usually carried out by the training provider in classrooms or workshops. In some cases this training can be conducted at your workplace.

As part of their service, your training provider will tell you what off-job training components (often called units of competency) are needed to complete your qualification.

Your employer may have suggestions or a preference about where you can get this training. However, you make the final decision together (many people prefer to study close to where they live or work).

If you have been accepted by an employer to do an apprenticeship or traineeship then you will be eligible for off-job training.

If you are eligible for government subsidised training, you and/or your employer will pay less towards your course fees.

Search for a training course.

Pre-apprenticeship and pre-vocational courses

These courses can help you try out a trade or job and get some valuable experience. You’ll do some classroom learning that can earn credit towards a full apprenticeship.

Courses are usually at Certificate II level. If you are currently looking for work, there are courses available that can help you.

Learn more about training to prepare for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

If you’re still at school

You can begin your training for a job or trade while you’re at school.

Learn more about school based apprenticeships and traineeships.

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