What's an apprenticeship?

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

The articles on this page will help you learn how you can become one of the many people who have learned valuable lifelong skills.

National Skills Needs

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

The National Skills Needs List is based on detailed labour market research and analysis. As the list is regularly reviewed, check back frequently to see changes.

Why do an apprenticeship?

The Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters Program gave many young Aboriginal people the chance to forge a career in a specific industry.

Browse the Aboriginal Employment (SA) videos to see their success stories.

Australian Apprenticeships offer a world of possibilities

Did you know that there are more than 500 occupations across Australia that offer apprenticeships?

Australian Apprenticeships are available at a variety of certificate levels. They're available in many traditional trades and some emerging occupations in most sectors.

You also earn an income while completing a nationally recognised qualification. Australian Apprenticeships help you gain real skills for real careers.

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways

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

The site's features will help you research apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways. The self-help resources and information will also help you with apprenticeship and traineeship ideas.

VET. It’s Right Now.

The skills companies require are changing all the time. This makes the need to re-skill or upskill more vital than ever.

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

Australian School-based Apprenticeships

These inspiring videos tell the stories of young people combining senior secondary studies with on-the-job training, while completing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA).

The videos highlight the benefits of an ASbA in preparing for life beyond school, including further education, training and a rewarding career.

The young people interviewed are Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors. They attended government and non-government schools in regional and remote regions across Australia. Their stories cover both trade and non-traditional pathways across many industry sectors.

More 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. They can also lead to a nationally recognised qualification.

Find out more on the real skills for real careers page and find out how you can secure your future.