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Pre-apprenticeship Search

Decisions, decisions ...

Making a commitment to an apprenticeship is a big decision.  If you are interested in a specific occupation a pre-apprenticeship offers a way of experiencing a slice of that working life.  It’s the kind of knowledge that helps people make good decisions.

Pre-apprenticeship arrangements can vary between states and territories and industries.  It’s important to check out their specific focus, dates, the number of hours they involve, costs and any eligibility requirements. 

Pre-apprenticeship Finder

Pre-apprenticeship Finder

Search this site for pre-apprenticeships in your location. Choose the 'pre-apprenticeship' tile and select from the industry options.

Pre-apprenticeship Search

Common Questions

What is a pre-apprenticeship?

A pre-apprenticeship can provide a pathway into the industry of your choice.  Completion of a pre-apprenticeship can help to prepare people for the world of work in a specific occupation. 

Pre-apprenticeships may provide help in improving literacy and numeracy as well as focusing on developing some essential work related skills.

These initiatives can help people be better prepared for work and to be a stand-out job candidate. 

Do I have to do a pre-apprenticeship?

A pre-apprenticeship is not a mandatory requirement to do an apprenticeship or traineeship.

You may have a clear idea of the direction you want to take after picking up skills and experience in other ways. If you are ready to test the labour market give it a go!

However, some employers, particularly in the trade industries, have a preference for people who have completed a pre-apprenticeship.  They see the initiative as providing a good grounding in basic skills and workplace awareness.

In the more complex trades, such as an Electrician, many employers put a pre-apprenticeship as a must in their job advertisements, which can make job hunting a little bit tricky for those without any experience or pre-apprenticeship course under their belt.

If you can find an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice or trainee without the need for a pre-apprenticeship, that is great, however, by completing a pre-apprenticeship you can significantly increase your chances of finding an employer to take you on.

What are the benefits in doing a pre-apprenticeship?

There are many benefits in doing a pre-apprenticeship course.

Some are listed here:

  • Participants may receive credit for the study completed during the pre-apprenticeship, which could shorten the time it takes to complete a full apprenticeship; 
  • Some initiatives involve work experience which will look great on your resume and provide you with the basic on-the-job skills;
  • Some providers of pre-apprenticeships provide support pathways into employment, once the course is complete; and
  • By doing a pre-apprenticeship you can see whether a particular industry is for you without committing to a full apprenticeship.

How do I find a pre-apprenticeship?

Providers list pre-apprenticeships on this site through the Pre-apprenticeship Finder, but there may be more available in your location. 

It’s always a good idea to go to websites of training providers like TAFE or a Group Training Organisation to see what they may be offering. 

What happens once I complete a pre-apprenticeship?

If you complete a pre-apprenticeship and then want to start an actual apprenticeship or traineeship, first speak with the provider of the pre-apprenticeship to see whether they can offer you any assistance or guidance.

The next step, is to start job hunting!

Our Job Hunting step within our 'Steps to becoming an apprentice or trainee' guide can help you.

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