How to become an apprentice
Find an employer
Find an employer that is willing to take you on as an apprentice or trainee. You can do this by looking in the job vacancy ads in your local paper or on the web, contacting employers in the industries you would like to work in, contacting an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP), contacting a Group Training Organisation (GTO), contacting a Jobactive Provider (if you are classified as a job seeker) or talking to your career advisor if you are still at school.
If you're still at school you can also consider an Australian School Based Apprenticeship, where you start your apprenticeship/traineeship while at school. And don't forget apprenticeships and traineeships are available for existing workers and workers of all ages – you don't have to be straight out of school.
Sign into your Australian Apprenticeship Training Contract
Once you have found an employer, you will need to meet with an ANP to sign into an Australian Apprenticeship Training Contract within 28 days of starting your employment. The ANP can also explain the Australian Apprenticeships system and guide you through support options available to you.
Meet with your registered training organisation (RTO)
Meet with your RTO (such as CIT) to enrol in your qualification and discuss a training plan. Every apprentice/trainee must have a training plan. A training plan sets out the details of how, when and by whom the training and assessment is conducted for you to achieve your qualification. Both you and your employer will need to agree to the training plan designed by the RTO.
You're now an apprentice or trainee! Once you have met all the requirements of the qualification both in your workplace and at your RTO, you will complete your qualification.
Remember, now that you are an apprentice or trainee you have obligations to complete your coursework and attend any off-the-job training. Your employer also has obligations such as releasing you to attend off-the-job training where applicable. More information about your obligations as an apprentice/trainee and those of your employer are outlined in the National Code of Good Practice for Australian Apprenticeships.
Progressing through your apprenticeship/traineeship
Throughout your training you may have questions about your options and what you should expect from your qualification or apprenticeship/traineeship. There are lots of services available to support you throughout your apprenticeship/traineeship and some of these are summarised below.
- CIT: more information about the services available through CIT is provided on this website
- ANP: your ANP is contracted by the Australian Government to provide free information and advice about Australian Apprenticeships to you and your employer.
- Skills Canberra (the ACT State Training Authority): Skills Canberra is responsible for the approval and management of your ACT Australian Apprenticeship Training Contract.