How to become an apprentice or trainee

To become an apprentice or trainee, you need to find a job in chosen trade, with an employer who’s willing to take you on as an apprentice or trainee.

1. Decide on your preferred industry or trade

The first step is to research and find out more about the different careers and pathways available at SWTAFE.
You can register to attend one of our upcoming info sessions to chat with our teachers about our pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships and traineeships we have on offer. You can also ask a question and a member of our team will be in touch.

2. Polish your resume and cover letter

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre can help you prepare your resume and cover letter to apply for apprenticeships and traineeships. They can also assist with job application and interview skills.
Contact the Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre to book an appointment.

3. Find an employer

There are many ways to find apprenticeship opportunities including:

4. Sign your apprenticeship/traineeship training agreement

Once you’ve found an employer, they must register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Network provider within three months of starting work and arrange for you and your employer to sign a training agreement. Make sure you list SWTAFE as your training provider.

5. Enrol at SWTAFE

Once your training agreement details are received by us (this can take a few weeks) we will be in touch via phone or email with the next steps for enrolment. Contact us if you have any questions you may have in the meantime.