Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships are a great way to combine structured training and paid employment. You can begin while you’re still at school finishing Years 11 and 12 or if you haven’t that’s fine too. You don’t need a secondary school certificate or other qualification to start on apprenticeship.

As an apprentice you have the opportunity to earn an income while you are learning your trade. You will combine full time work with either part time, workplace based or block release study, depending on your employer’s needs. When you finish your apprenticeship, you will have a nationally recognised qualification that can take you anywhere in Australia and in many overseas countries as well.

New Energy Apprenticeships Program

New Energy Apprentices commencing from 1 January 2023 are eligible to receive up to $10,000 during their apprenticeship and work with an industry mentor.

The New Energy Apprenticeships Program is available to Australian Apprentices working in the clean energy sector.

Read more here

Apprenticeship Network Providers

Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANPs) provide one-stop shops for those seeking to take up an Australian Apprenticeship as a career path.


Step 1: Preparation and research

Figure out what trade you are interested in, do research on job opportunities and write or update your resume.  

A pre-apprenticeship is a great way to get a taste of a trade and see if you would like to continue with. 

Step 2: Job hunting

Start applying for jobs through networking with people you know, online or via Job Services Australia providers.

Step 3: Sign up

Once you’ve found an employer, your employer needs to contact an ANP to organise signing a training apprenticeship contract. Select Bendigo TAFE as your preferred training provider to get started. Contact Centrelink and enquire about getting a Health Care Card, then you your course fees are further subsidised.​


Visit the DEECD apprenticeship and traineeship website for detailed information about training types and industries, wages and financial assistance.