Five steps to finding an Australian Apprenticeship

Step one

Decide which career path best suits you. Australian Apprenticeships are available in more than 500 occupations, so chances are there will be one that matches your interests.

Explore the careers area on the Australian JobSearch website at It explains everything you need to know about occupations in Australia.

Have a look at potential job pathways across more than 50 industries on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website at

Complete a practice aptitude quiz to get an idea of the level of literacy and maths you would need to complete an Australian Apprenticeship. Go to and select a quiz from more than 20 industries.

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Step two

Discuss Australian Apprenticeships with your career advisers or teachers. They will have access to plenty of information. Investigate your training and career options at:

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Step three

Write or brush up your résumé! Don’t forget to include:

  • your contact details
  • your school studies, achievements and work experience
  • your interests, skills and career goals.

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Step four

Find an employer willing to take you on as an Australian Apprentice.

You can do this by:

  • looking for job vacancies in your local paper or online
  • visiting the Australian JobSearch website
  • contacting the Job Services Australia provider in your region
  • contacting a Group Training Organisation
  • talking to your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre
  • contacting employers in the industries you'd like to work in (visit them and leave a copy of your résumé)
  • writing job applications and going to interviews (see the Looking for work section).

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Step five

Ask the employer willing to take you on as an apprentice to call their local Australian Apprenticeships Centre. The centre will help you and the employer with all the paperwork, including the signing of the National Training Contract.

Australian Apprenticeships Centres provide a one-stop shop for those seeking to take up an Australian Apprenticeship as a career path. They provide information, administration services and support to employers and Australian Apprentices.

Australian Apprenticeships Centres also provide information that may assist employers or Australian Apprentices with Australian Apprenticeships placements. Australian Apprenticeships Centres will be able to refer such enquiries to appropriate organisations such as Job Placement Organisations and Group Training Organisations, which will be able to assist them with their enquiries.

Australian Apprenticeships Centres are located at approximately 330 sites throughout Australia. Visit to find an Australian Apprenticeships Centre near you.

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New Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

From 1 July 2015, the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) will deliver a new generation of support services for Australian Apprenticeship participants. The Australian Government is committed to building a high-quality Australian Apprenticeship system that better supports apprentices and responds to the needs of employers and the economy. The AASN will make it easier for employers to recruit, train and retain apprentices and better support individuals in a proven earning and learning pathway, helping to improve completion rates.

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More information

To make sure you receive the most up-to-date information on Australian Apprenticeships, including details of Australian Apprenticeships Centres in your region, visit the Australian Apprenticeships website at, or call 13 38 73.

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