Start your apprenticeship or traineeship with these easy to follow steps.

Step 1 - Explore careers

Discover what kind of career you want. Search industries and occupations, and learn about study pathways, employment options and information to help you make the right choice for you.

To explore your career options, see Choose your career.

Step 2 - Find an employer to take you on as an apprentice or trainee

Talk to local businesses. To find registered employers in your industry and vocation of choice, visit the Training and Skills Register.

  • Explore employment opportunities with Group Training Organisations (GTOs). GTOs will employ you and place you with a host business for work and training as part of your apprenticeship or traineeship. 
  • Talk to an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP). An ANP may be able to link you with potential employers.
    For more information, visit Apprenticeship Network Providers.
  • Search job websites such as jobactive and newspaper advertisements.

Step 3 – Meet an Apprenticeship Network Provider

Once an employer has agreed to take you on as an apprentice or trainee, they’ll connect you with their Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP).

Your ANP will help you:

  • develop your apprenticeship or traineeship training contract
  • complete and submit your training contract for assessment
  • identify any government funding you may be eligible for
  • provide information on where to get help if you run into problems.

To find your nearest ANP, visit Find my ANP.

Step 4 - Find a training provider

As part of your apprenticeship or traineeship you will undertake a nationally recognised qualification with a training provider.

You may undertake this:

  • off-job, where you are paid to attend training at a training facility
  • on-job, where the training provider will deliver training at your worksite
  • a combination of both on and off-job.

Consult your employer and prospective training providers to decide what type of training will best suit you and your employer.

You and your employer will select a training provider and work with them to identify the training components needed to complete your qualification.

To explore your training options and subsidised training courses that you may be eligible for, see Find a training course.


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