What's an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a contract between a registered employer and an apprentice whereby the employer trains and employs the apprentice in an occupation. An apprentice undertakes structured learning and paid employment to achieve a relevant qualification.

Browse the articles on this page to learn how you can become one of the many people who have learned lifelong skills for potential lifelong employment.

Australian apprenticeships offer a world of possibilities

Did you know that there are more than 500 occupations across Australia that offer apprenticeships in a variety of certificate levels, in traditional trades, and in all sorts of emerging occupations in most sectors of business and industry?

With an Australian Apprenticeship, you can earn an income while you complete a nationally recognised qualification – and gain real skills for real careers.

Why do an apprenticeship?

Browse the Aboriginal employment (SA) videos showcasing some of the success stories that have come out of the Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters Program.

National Skills Needs

The National Skills Needs List identifies traditional trades that are identified as experiencing a national skills shortage.

The list is based on detailed labour market research and analysis. As the National Skills Needs List is reviewed regularly, please check back often for the most up-to-date list.

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways

The Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website is an Australia wide information hub, powered by the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service.

The site contains information for people considering career options, employers looking at recruitment, and those providing support and advice.

Take a look at the tools and resources to assist students researching apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways, and the self-help resources and information providing apprenticeship and traineeship ideas.

VET. It’s Right Now.

The kinds of skills companies require are changing all the time, and therefore the need to re-skill or upskill is more vital than ever.

This short video provides an industry perspective on the changing world of work.

Australian school based apprenticeships

To raise awareness of Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA), these inspiring videos tell the stories of young people successfully combining senior secondary studies with on-the-job training while completing a nationally recognised qualification. Their stories highlight the benefits of an ASbA in preparing young people for life beyond school, including further education, training and a rewarding career.

The young people interviewed are Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors and attended government, Catholic and independent schools in metropolitan, regional and remote regions across Australia. Their stories cover both trade and non-traditional pathways across a number of industry sectors.

Further information on Australian School-based Apprenticeships is available on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors Program

Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors know first-hand the value in investing in an Australian Apprenticeship. For many, it has been the passport to a better job, a higher pay packet and a more rewarding working life.

Australian Apprenticeships are the best way to combine training and employment and they can lead to a nationally recognised qualification.

Find out more about the Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors Program and find out how you can secure your future too.