Apprenticeships & Traineeships

We offer apprenticeships, traineeship, and pre-apprenticeship courses across a range of trade and industry areas. If you’re interested in becoming an apprentice or trainee, we can give you the practical skills and knowledge you need for your career.

A SWTAFE apprenticeship or traineeship is a partnership between you, your employer and SWTAFE.

Your employer will teach you skills on-the-job while SWTAFE provides formal training. This allows you to learn from qualified academic sta¤, as well as someone who is an expert in the industry in which you’re interested.

You can undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship as a school leaver, if you’re re-entering the workforce and if you are an adult simply looking at a career change. If you’re still at school you can undertake a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship while completing VCE or VCAL.


  • focus on trade careers
  • approximately take 2-4 years to complete
  • earn while you learn - provide practical, hands-on, accredited training while you work

We offer apprenticeships in areas including: 


  • focus on building skills and knowledge while 
  • approximately take 1-2 years to complete
  • work full or part-time while undertaking a formal qualification

We offer traineeships in areas including: 


Want to see what it’s like to work in a trade? If you are looking for a trade career, a pre-apprenticeship is a great way to get started.
Find out more about pre-apprenticeships at SWTAFE

You can make it happen

Apprenticeships and traineeships can commence at any time. SWTAFE supports lots of opportunities for mature-aged workers. The first step is to find a business to employ you, then a local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network needs to register your Training Contract with SWTAFE.

Visit the Department of Education & Training Apprenticeships and Traineeships website for detailed information about training types and industries, wages and financial assistance.

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