A pre-apprenticeship is entry level training which can provide a pathway into an apprenticeship. They are usually offered in the traditional trades industries, such as Electrical, Plumbing and Automotive.
The terms ‘pre-vocational’ or ‘pre-traineeship’ are also sometimes used. These refer to entry level training in non-trade industries, such as Hospitality.
A pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship can be a formal qualification, often at Certificate II level, or it could be non-accredited training. There is no nationally recognised definition of what a pre-apprenticeship is. In general, they are courses that cover the necessary material to introduce a student to a specific role.
When looking at possible pre-apprenticeship courses, you should consider whether:
- It includes a work experience component
- You would get any credit when starting the apprenticeship or traineeship qualification
- It leads to the industry or apprenticeship role you are considering. Some pre-apprenticeships are suitable for multiple apprenticeship roles. Others are linked to a single role.