Finding a traineeship

Finding the right traineeship is made simpler by following this three step guide.

  1. Have a plan
  2. Do your research
  3. Find an employer

With more than 400 traineeships on offer, finding the right one for you can seem quite a challenge.

This website will show you a range of traineeships on offer, which industries employ trainees and will help you find answers to your questions.


 What’s your plan?

  • Think about what you’re good at and what you’d really enjoy doing as a job.
  • Think about what you enjoy, can you make a career out of it?

Do some research

  • Talk with your school careers advisor.
  • Talk with your parents and their friends who work in different industries.
  • Get some work experience in the business or industry that most interests you.
  • Enrol in a TAFE course that supports the industry you would like to work in.

Find an employer

  • You may already know someone in your area of interest who may be willing to take you on. Tell your friends and family you’re looking for a traineeship. Ask them to ask around; you’ll be surprised how many people connect with employers this way.
  • Enrol in a TAFE
  • Contact a Group Training Organisation which employs trainees and places them with host employers. Lots of companies employ trainees through these organisations.
  • Use the Yellow Pages to find businesses in your area of interest. The Yellow Pages will give you a good idea of the number of companies in particular trades. You may also discover other opportunities in related fields. For instance, you may be interested in mechanics which includes heavy machinery, aviation, motorcycle, marine and small engine mechanics.
  • Send relevant businesses a covering letter and your resume.
  • Check out newspapers for apprentice or trainee vacancies. Not every business advertises positions this way but it is worthwhile to see those that do. You may also come across a vacancy in an area that you hadn’t previously considered.

Once you have a traineeship position, your employer contacts the New Apprenticeships Centre to organise your paperwork.

After you have enrolled at TAFE for either off-the-job training or workplace training, a training plan will be developed for you.