Apprenticeships and Traineeships

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job that allows a person to learn a trade through a mix of on-the-job training and off-the-job study. Usually, the apprentice signs a legal training agreement (indenture) with the employer that must be registered with the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET). The employer can require a probationary (trial) period of three months.
Both employer and apprentice must agree before an indenture may be terminated. Where they are unable to agree, the matter can be referred to the NSW Vocational Training Board for determination. For further information, contact DET on 132 811.

What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is another type of job that combines training and work. They are generally established in the non-trade areas of the industry. The trainee undertakes on-the-job work (usually four days per week) as well as training provided by a college or other training provider (usually a day each week).
For further information, contact DET on 132 811.


  1. Analytic & Scientific
  2. Creative & Artistic
  3. Helping & Advising
  4. Nature & Recreation
  5. Organising & Clerical
  6. Persuading & Service
  7. Practical & Manual

What if you cannot get an apprenticeship?

If you have finished Year 10:

You have 3 options:
1) go back to school into Year 11 and keep looking
2) if the thought of assessment tasks, uniforms and exams doesn’t thrill you, look for any job until you get the apprenticeship you want
3) if you don’t want to go back to school, enrol at TAFE in a pre-vocational course.

If you have finished the Higher School Certificate:

You have 2 options:
1) look for a job and establish a good “work reputation” until you get the apprenticeship you want
2) enrol at TAFE in a pre-vocational course.

Pre-vocational Courses at TAFE

These courses provide pre-employment education and training for people seeking an apprenticeship or traineeship in certain industries.

They will improve your chances of gaining employment by learning the basic skills required to work in the industry.
You will gain knowledge and skills that will give you the advantage over other applicants for an apprenticeship who have either their ROSA or HSC.
Find out more about what local pre-vocational courses are offered from brochures in the Careers Room at school or from Tamworth TAFE. Ring 6768220..

Work Experience on construction sites

This will improve your chances of gaining an apprenticeship and give you insight into the career. See theWork Experience page for details.  You will need to do the “White Card” Construction Induction course before going on any work experience involving construction sites.