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Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Earn while you learn with an Apprenticeship or Traineeship, mixing classroom learning with on-the-job, real-world experience as you work towards a nationally recognised qualification.


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Apprenticeships can take 3-4 years to complete. They are available in trades including Building and Construction, Hairdressing, Automotive and more.

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Traineeships can take 1-3 years to complete. Traineeships are available in Office Administration, Information Technology, Hospitality and more.

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School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT)

If you’re in Year 10 or 11 you can start a SBAT. Combining paid work and study, SBATs also count towards your HSC.

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Information for Apprentices and Trainees


There’s lots to consider when starting your Apprenticeship or Traineeship. Here are some steps to help you get prepared:


Research career opportunities and courses to find the right qualification for you.

Download the TAFE NSW career guide


Speak to an Apprenticeship Network Provider.

An Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP), also called an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN), can help you choose the best Apprenticeship or Traineeship for you. They can also help you find an employer and provide you with ongoing support and advice.


Once you have decided on your Apprenticeship or Traineeship, you can search for available Apprenticeships or Traineeships with employers through:

Fee-free introductory units

If you’re not sure about committing to a full Apprenticeship or Traineeship, TAFE NSW offers fee-free, pre-apprenticeship and pre-traineeship courses. This is a great way to find out if a qualification will suit you. If you decide it does, your pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship coursework will count towards your full qualification.

Read more about pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships or call us on 131 601 and select the option for Apprenticeships and Traineeships to find out more.

When you're ready to start your Apprenticeship or Traineeship, your Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP), employer, and/or TAFE NSW will help you through the steps below. We have two intakes per year, in February and July, so your start date will depend on when you sign up with your ANP.

  1. Sign your contract and Training Plan Proposal (TPP)

    Your ANP will help you and your employer create these.
  2. Your ANP will send us your TPP

    This usually happens within 48 hours of your TPP being created.
  3. We’ll check that we can accept your TPP

    We’ll check that your chosen course is available at your location and send your signed and accepted TPP back to your ANP.

    This usually happens within 2 weeks of us receiving your TPP.
  4. It’s time for you to enrol with TAFE NSW

    We’ll confirm we have a spot for you in your chosen course and email you an enrolment link or form. If you’re under 17 years of age your parent or guardian will need to co-sign your enrolment form.
    You'll receive this information once enrolment for your course is open.
  5. Lodging your TPP and Training Contract

    Your ANP will lodge your TPP and Training Contract with Training Services NSW for approval.

    This usually happens within 2 weeks of your ANP receiving your signed and accepted TPP from us.
  6. Registration complete

    Once Training Services NSW approves your TPP and Training Contract, your Apprenticeship or Traineeship has been registered. You’ll receive a confirmation letter from Training Services NSW along with your Training ID.
  7. Developing your Training Plan

    We’ll work with you and your employer to develop your Training Plan. Your Training Plan will include important dates, assessment details and more.

    This happens within 12 weeks of your Training Contract being approved by Training Services NSW.

If you wish to change employers during your Apprenticeship or Traineeship, your existing Training Contract will be cancelled and a new one will need to be created with your new employer. Here's what you'll need to do:

  • Complete the Cancellation of an Apprenticeship or Traineeship form to cancel your existing Training Contract.
    Generally, your employer must agree to cancel your Training Contract.
  • Once your existing Training Contract has been cancelled, you'll need to sign a Training Plan Proposal and Training Contract with your new employer. You'll also need to complete another probation period and develop a Training Plan with your new employer.

For support with changing your employer, please contact your Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP).

You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer to have your knowledge, skills or previously completed units of competency counted towards your qualification. This could help you get your qualification faster.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning and credit transfer.

When you study at TAFE NSW, you’re never alone. We have a range of free support services like counselling, study support and more.

If you have a disability, our Disability Teacher Consultants can chat with you about getting the support you need to make the most of your studies. Whether you’re already enrolled or just thinking about it, this service is free and confidential.

Learn more about our Student Support Services and Disability Support Services.