Starting an Apprenticeship

There is no one way to get an apprenticeship and there are plenty of options.

Construction Training Fund offsets building and construction employers’ training costs when they hire an apprentice or trainee. One bonus of doing an apprenticeship or a traineeship is that you can do your training for a nationally recognised qualification while you work.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship as a school leaver, as an adult or even get a head start at school in Year 11 and 12.

If you want to get an apprenticeship, you can approach an employer directly or seek out a Group Training Organisation.

If you are employed directly, your employment is known as “direct indenture”. Your employer will provide on-the-job training and a Registered Training Organisation like TAFE will provide your off-the-job training.

If you sign up with a Group Training Organisation they are responsible for your off-the-job training and matching you up with an employer for on-the-job training.

Construction Training Fund’s Industry Training Advisors facilitate our CTF Scholarships program and can answer your question about how to best position yourself as an attractive candidate to an employer. Candidates who have completed pre-apprenticeship training and have a drivers’ licence are likely to have added appeal to prospective employers.

You can also visit a Jobs and Skills Centre in TAFEs around WA. The WA Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office and the Federal Government’s Australian Apprenticeships sites have handy information for students, job hunters, career advisors and employers.

If you have any questions about starting an apprenticeship, please email ita@ctf.wa.gov.au or phone 08 9244 0100. We’re here to help.

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