Apprenticeships & Traineeships

We offer apprenticeships, traineeship, and pre-apprenticeship courses across a range of trade and industry areas. If you’re interested in becoming an apprentice or trainee, we can give you the practical skills and knowledge you need for your career.

A SWTAFE apprenticeship or traineeship is a partnership between you, your employer and SWTAFE.

Your employer will teach you skills on-the-job while SWTAFE provides formal training. This allows you to learn from qualified academic staff, as well as someone who is an expert in the industry in which you’re interested.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are open to anyone, whether they are a school leaver, looking to re-enter the workforce and wanting a career change.

If you’re still at school you can undertake a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship while completing VCE or VCAL.


We offer apprenticeships in areas including: 



  • focus on building skills and knowledge while 
  • approximately take 1-2 years to complete
  • work full or part-time while undertaking a formal qualification

We offer traineeships in areas including: 


Want to see what it’s like to work in a trade? If you are looking for a trade career, a pre-apprenticeship is a great way to get started.
Find out more about pre-apprenticeships at SWTAFE

Trade papers

​​​​​​​​​​​​Trade papers are a certificate awarded when you complete an apprenticeship.

They’re used to let employers and customers know:

  • you’ve completed all parts of the apprenticeship
  • you can apply those skills on the job.

Trade papers are being reintroduced in Victoria from 2019. You can apply to get trade papers for free, as long as you haven’t previously been issued trade papers for the completion of that apprenticeship.

Apply for a trade paper

Apply for a trade paper​ on the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority website​.

You can make it happen

Apprenticeships and traineeships can commence at any time. SWTAFE supports lots of opportunities for mature-aged workers. The first step is to find a business to employ you, then a local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network needs to register your Training Contract with SWTAFE.

Visit the Department of Education & Training Apprenticeships and Traineeships website for detailed information about training types and industries, wages and financial assistance.

Find out more at an information session

Come to an information session and chat with our course specialists about what a career in your chosen industry looks like and the study and pathway options are to get there.

Click here to find an upcoming information session.

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