Not sure how to start an apprenticeship or traineeship?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Step 1: Preparation
• What you need
Having a current resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) will go a long way towards helping you achieve your employment goals, now and into the future. If you do not have a resume, the following links can help you create one.
• Choosing an employment pathway
When thinking about your future career you should consider the following points:
- What qualifications and job roles are available?
- Which industry would I be best suited to?
- What would an employer from my chosen industry expect from me?
- What are my obligations regarding an apprenticeship or traineeship?
There are tools and resources available that can help you find industries that best suit your skills and career goals, such as browsing the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL).
Or browse these Career Centre occupation videos for inspiration.
• Discover your skills and job preferences
There are over 500 apprenticeships and traineeships available in Western Australia, which makes narrowing them down to a few options very daunting! If you are not sure which apprenticeships suit your natural abilities and work preferences, the Australian Government site Job Outlook will help.
• Know your rights
During your preparation period, it is also advisable to contact a number of administrative and regulatory bodies to gain a greater understanding of your apprenticeship training and workplace obligations, payment incentives, trade loans, work entitlements (such as wages), in addition to familiarising yourself with training schedules and qualifications.
If you are currently still attending school, you can speak with a career adviser or VET Coordinator about education and employment options available to you (such as School Based Traineeships).
Step 2: Find a job
After your preparation period, you should have collected a fair amount of information. You can now use this information to help you find employment.
- Visit our Jobs Board
- Contact Group Training Organisations
- Visit Australian Job Search
- Visit online job sites
- Network to find opportunities within your community, or through friends and family
- Check out local daily newspapers for job ads
- Contact employers directly, deliver a copy of your resume and make a follow up call
The WA Government’s jobs.wa.gov.au website has a number of employment programs for anyone trying to enter the workforce.
The Australian Government has also provided a very useful tool called AusAppPathways, which is a free app aimed at helping students and jobseekers explore the many careers that can begin through an apprenticeship or traineeship pathway.
It is important to remain in touch with with organisations that have assisted you so that you can keep your details up-to-date and maintain your network.
Step 3: Sign up
Once you have found an employer who is interested in taking you on as an Australian Apprentice, you and your employer must contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.
Once you have contacted an AASN provider, they will assist you and your employer confirm details about incentives and organise the signing of a training contract between you and your employer.
Find out more about our role as an AASN provider.