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Combining study and work as an apprentice or trainee

If you like the idea of working in your field of choice while training at the best and largest provider of apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications on the north coast, then TAFE NSW is the place to be. Apprenticeships and traineeships combine paid work in the job you’ve always dreamed of, while you complete your study at TAFE.


How to get an apprenticeship or traineeship

You will need to find an employer who has a vacancy and can take you on for the duration of your course.

If you have problems finding the right place you can contact these organisations:

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a nationally accredited qualification in a trade or workplace skill and will give you the ability to work confidently in the workforce, while getting paid.


Traineeships offer courses in a large range of industries and areas. They usually go for about 1-2 years and can be more flexible than apprenticeships. Some examples of industries include:

  • Business
  • Hairdressing
  • Community Services
  • Media
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Apprenticeships last for about 4-5 years and are combined with mostly trade industries. They are usually run as a full-time program with some exceptions. Examples of industries are:

  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Retail
Contact us to discuss Apprenticeships

Pre-apprenticeship courses to get you started

At TAFE NSW we offer you courses which will ensure you are ready to start your apprenticeship or traineeship with confidence and to help you achieve your goal faster. You will gain the skills and experience to put you ahead of the pack for your apprenticeship or traineeship.

Why do your apprenticeship or traineeship with us?

  • All training arrangements between you and your employer are registered with the NSW Department of Education and Training.

  • TAFE NSW is the largest provider of apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW.

  • Our quality training offers you structured on-the-job experience.

  • You will gain a nationally recognised qualification to use anywhere in Australia.

  • We offer multiple courses to get you started on your apprenticeship or traineeship.


Hear from apprenticeship students

DanielCertificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
ChrisCertificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology
Are you under 17 years of age?
Are you under 17 years of age?

From January 2010, a new law in NSW requires students to complete school to Year 10 and then to continue in either education, full-time paid employment, or a combination of these until at least the age 17. If you are under 17 years and wish to enrol at TAFE the options available to you may have been affected by this change in the law. To attend TAFE you will need to have completed year 10 or have special permission from school and TAFE to do so.

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