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How you can get an apprenticeship

Have you been thinking about a career as an Australian Apprenticeship but don’t know where to start? Whilst it might feel like everyone around you simply walks into their apprenticeship, it’s not always as straight forward as it seems. Fortunately, there are many ways for you to start your Australian Apprenticeship, and we’ve put together some tips to help you get started on your job search.

This article is a summary of our latest resource, How to find an apprenticeship?

Where to start your search


  • Job sites. There are various job sites online that can assist you to see the careers available in your local area. View our list of job sites here.
  • Alerts. You can also set up job alerts on employer websites (if that option is available) to always be prepared. Some employers only recruit at certain times of the year and this is a good way to stay across it.
  • Subscribe to newsletters. You can use a web search like Google to find industry groups you are interested in and subscribe to their newsletters. Often businesses will promote any job openings in their newsletter.
  • Social Media. Not all employers will have a website, however they may have a presence on a social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and might use that to advertise for job openings. We also share job opportunities across the AATIS Facebook and Twitter accounts.


  • Directly contact the organisation. You can do this either by door knocking and approaching the organisation directly, or picking up the phone and calling. Whilst they may not have positions available right now, you can also enquire about their application process and any other questions you might have whilst you are speaking with them
  • Volunteer. This will help you meet employers and develop your networks. At the very least you will have practical experience to put on your resume.
  • Tap into your networks. Talk with your networks about your career planning and what you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and ask if they have any leads on job openings.

How to approach employers

We know the thought of approaching an employer cold can be intimidating. However, directly approaching an employer is a fantastic way to tap into the ‘hidden’ job market. In fact, employers may even create positions in response to a direct approach from a job hunter. Here are a few tips to help you approach employers.

The first step is to research employers and make a list of potential employers. Think outside of the square, if you see a vehicle or a workshop that looks of interest to you; take down the name and number for later contact.

The next step is to contact the employer. You may need to approach an employer directly by door-knocking. If you are using this method take copies of resumes to leave with the employer or the employers contact person. If you are underage or just need moral support take someone with you.

Keep the information about their organisation, including the details on the person contacted to and when. This information may be needed again.

Once you have made contact with the employer, always follow up. You can do this via email, calling or popping back in. This shows initiative and lets them know that you are really keen.

Group Training Organisations (GTOs)

Another approach to gaining an apprenticeship is to go through a GTO.

GTOs employ Australian Apprentices across a range of different industries. The GTO is the direct employer of the apprentice or trainee, but they 'host' them out to a 'host employer' for their work. This means that the apprentice or trainee is employed by the GTO, but goes to the host employer for their day-to-day job.

As the GTO is the employer of the apprentice or trainee, they recruit and support the apprentice or trainee throughout the whole Australian Apprenticeship. The GTO also takes on the contractual and administrative responsibilities as the employer of the Australian Apprentice.

GTOs are experts in hiring apprentices and trainees, and are regulated by governments to make sure they are doing the right things. You can find out more about GTOs here


For more information about how to find an apprenticeship, please visit the AAPathways website here.