If you are looking for a trade career, a pre-apprenticeship is a great way to get started.

It will give you a taste of what to expect in the industry before committing to a 3-4 year apprenticeship. And, for many employers, it is the preferred prerequisite to entering the industry.

The benefits of undertaking a pre-apprenticeship:

  • experience the industry prior to making a commitment to an apprenticeship
  • as part of your studies, you will also discover how to work and communicate effectively with others and maintain safe working conditions
  • apprentices may receive credit for the study they have completed
  • time credit may also be given in your apprenticeship in some industries

We offer pre-apprenticeships in areas including:

Pre-apprenticeships at SWTAFE:

Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation

Free TAFE course in 2019

This is a great course for those wanting to gain some base-level skills to build on. It is also ideal for those who want to test the waters to determine whether they are suited to being a mechanic. SWTAFE offers a pre-apprenticeship program which provides general knowledge, mechanical skills and hands-on workshop experience basic automotive functions and vehicle systems. This is a great starting point and knowledge of this nature is never wasted.

Warrnambool, Portland
Full-time, On Campus
15 weeks
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Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pre-Apprenticeship)

Free TAFE course in 2019

If you’re seeking a career in carpentry and want to learn your skills from industry experts, SWTAFE’s Building and Construction course provides an ideal starting place.

Sherwood Park (Warrnambool)
Full-time, On Campus
16 weeks
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Certificate II in Furniture Making (Pre-Apprenticeship)

Free TAFE course in 2019

This course allows you to become skilled in the use of hand and power tools while teaching you about safety, timber joints and construction, assembly and the operation of woodworking. One of the primary advantages of this course is that the skills it teaches can be broadly applied to anything from furniture making to kitchen cabinetry. Another great thing is that it provides an excellent pathway to higher-level qualifications.

Sherwood Park (Warrnambool)
Full-time, On Campus
10 months
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Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-Vocational)

Free TAFE course in 2019

This pre-vocational course is mainly aimed at school leavers or new entrants into the workforce. It provides the opportunity for those wishing to gain employment in the electrotechnology industry with the required prerequisite knowledge and skills to gain access to a wide range of apprenticeships offered within this industry. In particular, the course provides training in basic electrical theory, electrical workshop practices, wiring and basic installation skills, the use of hand and power tools and an overview of the electrotechnology industry and the range of occupations within it.

Warrnambool
Full-time, On Campus
20 weeks
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Certificate II in Engineering Studies

Free TAFE course in 2019

This pre-apprenticeship course provides you with the basic knowledge of engineering principles and hands-on skills and experience in basic fabrication techniques, machining processes, welding and robotics. Graduates may pursue careers in fabrication or mechanical engineering apprenticeships and traineeships.

Portland
Full-time, On Campus
15 weeks
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Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)

Free TAFE course in 2019

Seeking a career in the plumbing industry? This plumbing pre-apprenticeship provides you with the ideal starting place. This pre-apprenticeship will provide you with the basic skills and knowledge required to kick-start a career in the plumbing industry and will give you a pathway to gaining a plumbing apprenticeship.

Warrnambool
Full-time, On Campus
6 months
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