Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Taking on apprentices and trainees can provide real benefits for your business. They can contribute significantly to your bottom line with practical skills and knowledge gained through their training. If you want your apprentices to train with the best – we have it covered.

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a partnership between you, your employee and  South West TAFE.

You teach your apprentice skills on-the-job, while we provide formal training. This allows your apprentice or trainee to learn from qualified academic staff, as well as someone who is an expert in the industry.

How to make it happen

Apprenticeships and traineeships can commence at any time. puts together these easy steps to give you an idea of how it works.

1. Decide what you are looking for

Think about your business needs and why you're looking for an apprentice or trainee. Then work out:

  • what skills you need
  • what the job will involve
  • whether you want a full-time or part-time apprentice or trainee
  • what field the apprenticeship or traineeship will be in.

2. Find an apprentice or trainee

There are a number of ways you can look for the right person:

  • Recruit someone you know or who has been recommended to you.
  • Contact us to see if there are any potential pre-apprenticeships students suitable for your role.
  • Advertise the position in a local paper or online.
  • Get in touch with local employment agencies.
  • Contact your local Group Training Provider

To learn more about finding an apprentice or trainee or to discuss group training options, talk to your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider. Network providers make it easier for employers to recruit, train and retain apprentices by providing personalised advice and support services throughout the life of the apprenticeship.

3. Sign and lodge a training contract and plan

If you have found an apprentice or trainee through a group training organisation, you don’t need to worry about this step or the below steps – they will manage the administrative side of things.

If you aren’t using a group training organisation, once you’ve found a trainee or apprentice, you'll need to:

  • agree on a qualification that will meet the apprentice’s or trainee's career goals and be suitable for your workplace
  • complete a training contract
  • develop a training plan with SWTAFE and your apprentice or trainee.

4. Register the apprenticeship or traineeship

Give the completed contract and plan to your local apprentice centre provider. They will lodge them with the relevant authorities for registration.

Once registration is complete, you and your apprentice or trainee will receive a confirmation letter from the relevant department. They will oversee the apprenticeship or traineeship during the contract period.

5. Complete the probation period

There is an initial probation period (generally 90 days for apprenticeships and 30 days for traineeships). This lets you and your apprentice or trainee get a feel for the arrangement and decide whether it should continue.

6. Continue training with your apprentice or trainee

Build on the skills we train them in so they can be a productive and helpful employee.