Apprentices and trainees

Apprenticeships and traineeships are great ways to gain qualifications and on the job training at the same time.

There is a wealth of information available to help you choose your qualification, find a job and understand your rights as an employer.

Find an apprentice or trainee course to suit you.

In schools

VET in schools provides accredited industry-specific courses as part of the HSC, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships and more general vocational learning programs.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships

School Based Apprenticeships allow senior high school students to commence an apprenticeship while at school. While studying for their HSC, school based apprentices work part-time and undertake the first stage of their formal or off-the-job apprenticeship training. Both the on-the-job apprenticeship training undertaken by school based apprentices can contribute to their HSC.

School leavers

TAFE NSW considers you a 'school leaver' or 'young person' if you left school in the past five years. For information about choosing your pathway, see School to TAFE.

Some TAFE NSW courses require little or no work experience or access to the workplace, and they do not require completion of a previous TAFE NSW course.

There are different TAFE NSW learning options available depending on your age and what level of schooling you've completed. Find a course to match your skills.

Getting started

Apprenticeships and traineeships– getting started, what's important, your training,  roles and responsibilities,  guidelines, who can help if you have a problem.

Other vocational training options– for both employed and jobseekers: what's available, how to get into a vocational course, get a full or part qualification, who can help.

Skills and recognition– you can be assessed for a recognised qualification if you have lots of experience but no formal training.

Higher education

TAFE NSW Higher Education bridges the traditional gap between vocational training and university, with innovative and contemporary bachelor's degrees. Find out about the new TAFE NSW degrees on offer.

Short courses – career development

TAFE NSW short courses provide intensive training to help advance your career, update your skills and knowledge, or meet specific legislative requirements. There are a wide range of short courses available across a broad range of industry areas.

Browse the range of short courses with certificate, diploma or graduate qualifications, or search courses and careers by training package, industry, and location.


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