Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to start a career. They combine practical experience at work with structured training. As an apprentice or trainee, a young person enters into a formal training contract with an employer that leads to a nationally recognised qualification. In traditional technical trades like bricklaying or cabinet making, an apprenticeship would be the usual option.  Traineeships are usually in non-trade areas such as hospitality, business, manufacturing and health. Most of the time is spent in paid employment, learning practical skills on the job and putting them into practice. The rest of the time is spent in structured training at a State or Private Training Provider or in the workplace. The training requirements are part of the training plan which is negotiated between employee and employer, employee and registered training organisation.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are competency based. This means that training can be completed earlier if the skill levels required for the Industry have been reached.  Apprenticeships and traineeships are available to people of all ages. Most can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis – and some can be started at school (School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship).

As an apprentice/trainee you: earn wages while you’re learning, can complete your training sooner if you have the skills, gain qualifications recognised Australia wide and may be able to start training while still at school. When qualified you can look forward to higher pay, improved job prospects, qualifications and skills for further education and training and choices to advance your career.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are available in over 300 occupations and their availability varies from state to state. In Western Australia apprenticeships are available in the following industry areas:

  • Arts, Sport and Recreation
  • Automotive
  • Building and Construction
  • Community Services, Health and Education
  • Electrical
  • Food 
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Light Manufacturing
  • Metals, Manufacturing and Services.
  • Primary Industry
  • Process Manufacturing
  • Utilities, Electrotechnology and Printing
  • Wholesale, Retail and Personal Services

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More Information

Assistance in relation to Training Providers, Apprenticeship & Traineeship opportunities may be obtained from:

Career Centre
Location: 2nd Floor, City Central Building, 166 Murray Street. PERTH. WA 6000
Ph. 132398
Web site
Hours: 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (Monday – Friday)


Apprenticeship Office:
Optima Centre – Building B, 16 Parkland Road, Osborne Park
Phone: 13 19 54


Training WA:


TAFE Institutes: