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Becoming an apprentice is easy once you know how.

  1. Research – investigate the options and decide on the apprenticeship or traineeship and course of study that best supports your career goals
  2. Prepare – make sure you know what to expect and how to map your path forward
  3. Find an employer – go to job boards and websites or approach an employer directly.

Find an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provider – your AASN provider will help you sort out the important details so you can get started.

Step 1 - Research and decide

Before you start making career and training decisions, it is important to discover the variety of occupations available through the Australian Apprenticeships scheme and think about which industries and jobs might suit you best to help ensure your success.

Ask yourself these questions to get started on your career research:

Which occupations are in high demand in Australia right now?

Explore Occupations to discover more about your short-list.

Which industries and occupations suit my interests and strengths?

Use the Find my work type tool to explore industries, occupations and your career interests.

Use the Find my work type tool to explore industries, occupations and your career interests.

Can I narrow my search down to a few favourite options?

Explore Job Pathways Charts to learn ore about the career pathways that might suit you best.


It’s decision time!

When making important decisions like this one, it’s helpful to talk to family and friends who know you well - they may have helpful insights into your strengths and interests.

However, your most important guide is your own goals and dreams, so think about:

  • interests or experience that will support your entry into a particular career
  • any limitations on what you can do and where you can travel for work
  • the occupation that excites you the most.

Explore Your Future Career to get more insights into possible career matches.

Step 2 - Learn and prepare

Now you have chosen an apprenticeship or traineeship, find the answers to these questions to guide your next move:

Do I already have the skills and knowledge to start my apprenticeship or traineeship?

Take a quick Literacy and Numeracy Quiz to see how strong your existing skills are.

Which organisations will be part of my apprenticeship or traineeship, and what do they do?

Learn more about the organisations involved in an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Step 3 – Find an employer

Once you have decided on your target occupation and which qualification you will need to complete, it is time to look for a job.

There are a few ways to do this:

To increase your chances of success, you may need to create or revise your résumé.

Learn more about how to Get Job Ready.

Step 4 – Find an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP)

AASN providers will help you get started and work with you and your employer through the term of your apprenticeship or traineeship. AASN services are provided free of charge and are funded by the Australian Government.

Your AASN provider will help you to:

  • register for your apprenticeship or traineeship
  • understand what is involved and how to succeed
  • choose a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and understand the role of a Training Plan
  • sign the Training Contract
  • access additional assistance if you have special needs
  • advise you on any available financial assistance.

Find an AASN near you.