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Types of Apprenticeships

Trade Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a great way of combining training and practical hands-on experience so you can pursue your career in the trade industry. During your apprenticeship, each year, your wage will increase.

Generally, you will work full-time and may also have time each week to undertake study at your training organisation, or to complete units in your training program while at work.

Three apprentices learning about switchboards
Apprentice shaving extra length off metal cutting

School-based Apprenticeships

A school-based apprenticeship allows you to start a qualification and a career path, before you’ve even left school. It’s a great way to gain work experience, references, and real skills that employers are looking for.

Generally, you will work one day per week (depending on your host employer needs, you may also be able to increase the days you work during school holidays) and this forms part of your school curriculum. You earn money on the days you work too!

Once you finish school, we support you to complete your apprenticeship, increasing the days worked with your current host employer to full time 38hrs per week or placing you with a host employer looking for a full-time apprentice.

Types of Apprenticeship


Job Summary:

Rapid changes in automotive technology mean motor mechanics are becoming more specialised in their area of work.

The apprentice undertaking this role will primarily service and repair the mechanical parts of a motor vehicle including:

  • The engine
  • The transmission (clutch, gear box and differential)
  • The suspension system (springs, steering, brakes, wheels and tyres)

The apprentice will also perform tasks including:

  • Discussing problems with vehicle drivers to discover faults with their vehicle
  • Carrying out their own diagnostic procedures

The apprentice will also repair and service:

  • Cooling systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Air conditioning and emission control systems
  • Clutch assemblies
  • Manual and automatic transmissions
  • Braking systems
  • Final drive assemblies
  • Ignition and electronic engine management electrical systems.

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Automotive Vehicle Body Service Person (vehicle glazing) Job Summary: Vehicle glaziers repair and/or replace windscreens and side and rear glass in motor vehicles. Duties include:
  • Repairing laminated windscreens
  • Removing damaged windscreens and/or side and rear glass in motor vehicles
  • Removing moulds and trims from around damaged autoglass
  • Repairing or replacing damaged autoglass frames, moulds and window winding mechanisms
  • Installing pre-cut and/or shaped autoglass according to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.
The trainee undertaking this role will be working in a workshop or with a mobile service unit.

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Job summary: This apprenticeship involves the sales, stock control and administration in relation to automotive replacement parts such as engine, brake and transmission components, batteries, headlights and tyres, and accessories such as seat covers, tow bars and car cleaning equipment. It will be located in a retail or wholesale environment.

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Job Summary: The apprentice undertaking this role will:
  • Repair damage to metal, plastic and fibreglass bodywork on vehicles
  • Make and form vehicle panels using machines and hand tools
Duties include:
  • Determining vehicle damage
  • Recommending repair procedures
  • Removing damaged panels
  • Fixing dents using mechanical and hydraulic equipment to straighten and realign chassis and body frames
  • Using oxy-acetylene and welding equipment to cut and join replacement sections or damaged vehicle panels
  • Filling depressions with plastic fillers
  • Filing, grinding and sanding repaired surfaces using power and hand tools.

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Automotive Vehicle Body Trades Person (vehicle painting) Job summary: The apprentice undertaking this role will perform tasks including:
  • Removing rough spots on vehicle panels
  • Sanding surfaces using hand or power tools
  • Carrying out masking procedures
  • Colour matching and mixing paints
  • Applying primer and finishing coats
  • Polishing and waxing the finished paint work.

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Building & Construction

Job summary: The apprentice will lay bricks and blocks, construct masonry walls, stairs, corners, curved walls, structural masonry systems, piers and columns.

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Job summary: The apprentice will cover the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of skills at trade-level for those working in furniture making and those involved in the manufacture and installation of fitted furniture typically in a kitchen, bathroom and related context. Installation skills may be applied to new or renovation work.

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Job summary:

The apprentice will carry out setting out, construct wall frames, ceiling frames, pitched roofs, eaves, external stairs, flooring systems, install windows and doors. As a chippie they will learn skills such as using carpentry tools and equipment, general demolition of minor building structures, erecting roof trusses, installing exterior cladding, installing lining, paneling and moulding, reading and interpreting plans, footing and slabs, work safely at heights, concreting, WHS in the construction industry and welding.

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Job summary:

The apprentice will undertake a variety of duties which may include:

  • supervising landscape maintenance
  • setting out landscape works
  • coordinating planting
  • building landscape features with concrete, timber, brick, stone and metal
  • installing irrigation and drainage
  • operating specialised machinery and equipment.

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Job summary: The apprentice will apply paint by brush and roller, apply texture coat paint finishes, apply clear stains, match specified paint colours, apply decorative finishes, apply wall paper and treat lead paint hazards.

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Job summary: This is a trade qualification for plumbers in residential, industrial and commercial workplaces who are responsible for assembling, installing and maintaining water services, sanitary plumbing and sanitary drainage, gas, roofing and mechanical services in both existing and new constructions.

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Job summary: Roof Plumbers install and maintain metal, fibreglass and associated new material onto roofing structures. Installation of facia, gutters, downpipes, valley gutters, ridge capping, barge capping, flashings, skylights, ventilators dektites and battens are also included in this trade.

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Job summary: The apprentice will fix and wall tiles, carry out mosaic and decorative tiling and tile curved surfaces.

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Electrical Trades

Job summary: The apprentice undertaking this role will:
  • Select, install, set up, test, fault-find, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment in buildings and premises.
The apprenticeship includes ERAC requirements for an Electrician’s Licence.

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Engineering & Mechanical

Job summary: The apprentice undertaking this role will be involved in the repair, servicing and maintenance of:
  • Heavy earthmoving and agricultural machinery
  • Large marine engines
  • Heavy lift vehicles
  • Stationary plant equipment including lift motors and generating sets etc.
The apprentice undertaking this role will perform these duties on:
  • Engines
  • Cooling systems
  • Automatic transmissions
  • Brakes
  • Clutches
  • Gear boxes
  • Fuel pumps
  • Axel assemblies
  • Electrical equipment
The apprentice will use a wide variety of hand, electrical and air tools as well as:
  • Welding equipment
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Cranes or gantries
  • Tuning equipment
  • Lathes (milling and other attachments optional)
  • Necessary specialised equipment including various pressure testers, brake and valve servicing equipment, ring compressors and equipment for the pulling and pressing of bearings.

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Job summary: The apprentice undertaking this role will normally work in a workshop but may perform tasks away from their normal workplace. They will typically be involved in:
  • The setting up of machinery to enable the manufacture of engineering products
  • Repair and replacement of components, parts or other items
  • Installation of plant and machinery
  • Design and manufacture of modifications to existing components, parts and other items
  • Maintenance of plant and equipment
  • Construction and commissioning works
  • Repair of shipping machinery e.g. Winches, glands, drive shafts, turbines etc.
  • Power station maintenance.
Apprentices will work in an enclosed and well equipped workshop, use specialist measuring equipment, a range of hand tools and work from detailed drawings. They will be expected to use:
  • Welding equipment
  • Lathes
  • Milling machinery
  • Grinding machinery
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Thread cutting machinery
  • CNC and NC lathes or machining equipment
  • Hydraulic copying equipment
  • Tool cutting and grinding equipment
  • Gear cutting machinery
  • Boring equipment
The apprentice may operate metal and ceramic spraying equipment, hydraulic test equipment and undertake the treatment of metals including oil baths, furnaces, gas or electric ovens etc.

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Job summary: The apprentice undertaking this role will work with heavy gauge steel: cutting, shaping assembling and welding. Apprentice Boiler Makers will construct or repair metal products by joining parts using a variety of manual and machine-welding methods. These parts may be used to complete structures and equipment. Graduates will typically work for heavy engineering companies involved in the production, fabrication and development of items made from plate materials including steel of varying thicknesses and other ferrous and non-ferrous materials. Graduates may also be employed in the construction industry putting together steel components for large structures like buildings and bridges. Skilled Boiler Makers may be involved in the manufacturing of cooling towers, pressure vessels, hoppers, mining equipment, excavation buckets, large trailer bodies, smoke stacks, transformer containers, storage bins and large pipe work. Employment opportunities include the development and fabrication of structural items including building-supports, structural beams, gantries, crane carries and jibs. The apprentice boiler maker will learn to work from detailed drawings and will be involved with materials including:
  • I-Beam
  • Angle iron,
  • U-Sections
  • Square, oblong or round section
  • Plastics
  • Specialist measuring equipment
  • A range of hand tools
Apprentices will use equipment in an enclosed and well equipped workshop including:
  • MIG
  • Submerged arc
  • Oxy and other welding equipment
  • Oxy/gas cutting equipment (straight line, profile and multi-head)
  • Rollers
  • Metal forming and shaping machines
  • Marking out tables
  • Friction saws
  • Grinders (hand and pedestal)
  • Air arc gouges
  • Portable hand tools
Welders may specialise in:
  • Custom fabrication
  • Ship building and repair
  • Pressure vessel welding
  • Pipeline construction
  • Structural construction
  • Machinery and equipment repair

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Job summary: This qualification provides the skills and knowledge to become a competent, qualified chef. Work will be undertaken in a variety of hospitality venues where food is prepared and served including:
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Clubs
  • Pubs
  • Cafes
  • Cafeterias
  • Coffee shops
Individual trainees may have some responsibility for others and provide technical advice and support to a team.

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Job summary: This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to become competent in skilled operations where there is a need to apply discretion and judgement. Work will be undertaken in various hospitality settings including:
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Clubs
  • Pubs
  • Cafes
  • Coffee shops
Individual trainees may have some responsibility for others and provide technical advice and support to a team. Apply for Apprenticeship/Traineeship

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