Get a qualification and on-the-job training with an Apprenticeship or Traineeship that will prepare you for a great career, and give you skills to last a lifetime.
The apprenticeships and traineeships offered at TAFE SWSi will allow you to:

  • get a head start on an exciting new career and earn while you learn
  • work in a trade where your skills are in demand, increasing your earning potential
  • work towards one day owning your own business
  • gain access to nationally recognised qualifications and skills that provide the basis for employment, further education and training
  • get financial assistance from the Australian Government
  • potentially receive recognition and course credit for existing skills and prior experience
  • complete your training faster if you reach the required skills level sooner


Trade Readiness and Pre apprenticeships

Get Trade Ready

 young Asian man in overalls in a mechanic shop holding a wrench
TAFE SWSi has a number of options that can help you improve your chances of gaining an apprenticeship, and also give you the chance to experience a trade first-hand so you can decide if it’s right for you.

There are several ways you can decide if a trade you’ve chosen is the right one for you.

  • Trade Readiness Program
  • Pre-apprenticeship
  • Pre-employment or Pre-vocational program
  • Certificate II pathway courses


Trade Readiness

Fee-free for eligible students.

A Trade Readiness 5 day program is the first step you take when deciding if a trade is the right one for you. It gives you the opportunity to understand the skills and competencies you will need to do well in the particular trade apprenticeship you’ve chosen.

About Trade Readiness

The five day program consists of four days of hands-on trade experience and a day of literacy and numeracy screening, pathways interviews, career advice and counselling.

The program gives you an opportunity to:
  • gain realistic hands-on  exposure in a trade
  • test and assess your employability skills
  • learn what it takes to excel in an apprenticeship, and
  • improve your chances of securing a job.

What trades are included?
Each of TAFE SWSi's Trade Readiness programs focuses on a specific trade area.

Some of these include:
  • carpentry
  • plumbing
  • wall and floor tiling
  • shop fitting
  • hairdressing
  • electrical and other construction trades
  • hospitality trades
  • automotive and engineering trades, and
  • many other trade-based occupations.

What's on Offer

View current programs available.

“It was a great opportunity to experience a trade – as I wanted to pick something I would enjoy and not just the first job at hand.
“The trade readiness course gave me an insight into the tiling trade and showed me what it would be like to work in an adult working environment.”

Jacob Dunn
TAFE SWSi Wall and Floor tiling Trade Readiness program participant.


Fee-free for eligible students.

A pre-apprenticeship, pre-employment or pre-vocational course is more hands-on and will give you the introductory skills you need to secure an apprenticeship or traineeship, as well as helping you decide if it's the right career choice for you.

About Pre-apprenticeships

If you are;
  • keen to learn a trade but not sure which one is right for you, or
  • having trouble getting an apprenticeship,
You should consider enrolling in one of our pre-apprenticeship, pre-employment or pre-vocational programs.
Often students will complete a Trade Readiness program first and then enrol into a pre-apprenticeship.

Pre-apprenticeship programs are aimed at helping you identify and get into your chosen trade by giving you the introductory skills employers are looking for; and what you need to secure an apprenticeship, traineeship, or gain entry to a workplace.

The programs are hands-on and studied over a longer period of time. Each trade may vary but generally between 2 to 18 weeks.

TAFE SWSi is proud of its track record with on average 90% of our students in the carpentry pre-apprenticeships finding work following their time with us. 

Shayne Fagan, Building and Construction Faculty Director says “Builders who know students have done a pre-apprenticeship will often snap them up straight away.”

What's on Offer

View current programs available.


Pre-employment or Pre-vocational programs

Fee-free for eligible students.

Pre-employment and Pre-vocational programs are similar to pre-apprenticeship programs in that they provide training in basic skills for a specific industry area and give you practical workforce skills.

These programs focus on employability skills, improving your reading, writing, maths and study skills, as well as your English language and communication skills.

Pre-employment or Pre-vocational programs are a great option to pathway into further study such as a pre-apprenticeship program or a Certificate II course. They are also a great way of improving your chances of gaining employment and could assist you when applying for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

What's on Offer

View current programs available.

Certificate II pathway courses

Fee-free scholarships for eligible students.

Fee exemptions and fee concessions available for eligible students.

Certificate II pathway courses are full-time courses with no formal entry requirements.

These courses prepare you to work as an assistant to a tradesperson and could assist you when applying for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

TAFE SWSi offers certificate II courses in most trade areas.

What's on Offer

View current programs available.


Call 13 7974 to find out more.


What is an Apprenticeship?

If you are looking to train in a specific skilled trade (such as cabinetmaking, aircraft maintenance or hairdressing) an apprenticeship at TAFE SWSi is a great way to get a head start in your career as it gives you on-the-job training while you study.apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a combination of work and structured training that leads to a nationally recognised Certificate III trade qualification.

Apprenticeships generally last for four years. In some cases you may have the opportunity to reach the required skills level sooner and complete your training faster.  Apprenticeships cover trades including:

  • automotive mechanic, automotive electrician, heavy vehicle motor mechanic, panel beater, or vehicle painter
  • builder, carpenter or construction worker
  • cabinetmaker, shopfitter, or floor covering, soft furnishing or upholstery specialist
  • chef, executive chef, sous chef or pastry chef
  • electrician, appliance servicing technician, refrigeration mechanic or telecommunications installer
  • industrial mechanical engineer, production engineer, metal fabricator, sheet metal worker, fitter and turner
  • aircraft maintenance technician or aircraft mechanic
  • polymer technician or process technician
  • hairdresser, beauty therapist or beautician
  • landscaper or gardener.

Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship

This scholarship is available to eligible apprentices.
Please visit our scholarships page for more information and to see if you qualify.

Apprentice Registration Rebate

  • Are you a 1st or 2nd year apprentice?
  • Would you like $100 off your vehicle registration?

A registration rebate of $100 is available to first and second year apprentices registered with the NSW Department of Education and Communities.
For more information on eligibility and to obtain a copy of the Rebate form, visit the RMS website.
Need more information? See the Apprentice rebate frequently asked questions.

Travel and Accommodation Assistance

You may be eligible for travel and accommodation assistance if you need to travel more than 120kms round trip to attend day or block release with TAFE SWSi. Visit the Training Services NSW website for more information on eligibility and application process.

Trade Support Loans

Apprentices and trainees working in skills need areas which include: Carpenter, Cabinetmaker, Electrician, Glazier (*see web address below for a full list) may be eligible for a loan of up to $20,000 to help them cover the costs of living and learning.

If you decide to apply for a loan, you have the choice of how much you borrow and what you spend your money on. You can opt-in and out of the loan at any time and can borrow a small amount, say $1,000, or take the full $20,000 over four years. The loan amounts are highest in the early years of training while your apprentice wages are lower.

Payments have annual limits of:
• $8,000 in year one    
• $6,000 in year two  
• $4,000 in year three    
• $2,000 in year four

Trade Support Loans are flexible to meet your individual needs with payments sent to your nominated bank account every month. As an additional incentive, you’ll get a 20 per cent discount on your loan when you successfully complete your apprenticeship. The loans are interest free but indexed annually with the consumer price index. You will only start repaying your loan when you’re earning a sustainable income of more than $50 000. Repayments are made through the tax system. If you notify your employer they can make repayments automatically. For more info visit: or phone 13 38 73. 

For information on a trade you’re interested in, please go to our course search or call 13 7974.



What is a Traineeship?Traineeships

If you are looking to start a career in a vocational area (such as hospitality, human resources or disability services) consider undertaking a traineeship at TAFE SWSi. It will give you the best possible chance to learn from experts in your field while getting valuable workplace experience.

A traineeship combines work and training as part of a formal training contract between a trainee and an employer. The employer provides structured training on the job, with off- the-job training provided by TAFE SWSi.

Traineeships are offered in industry areas including:

  • hospitality
  • children’s services
  • aged care
  • disability services
  • business administration
  • human resources
  • fashion design and technology
  • sport, fitness and recreation.

If you know the area you would like to train in go straight to our course search for more information, or visit our ‘what you can study’ page to find an industry area to suit you.

If you’re not sure and need some help, you can speak to one of our career development counsellors or call us on 13 7974.

Travel and Accommodation Assistance

You may be eligible for travel and accommodation assistance if you need to travel more than 120kms round trip to attend day or block release with TAFE SWSi. Visit the Training Services NSW website for more information on eligibility and application process.

How to get one

How do I get an apprenticeship or traineeship?

To enrol at TAFE SWSi as a trainee or apprentice, you need to be working with an employer who has agreed to take you on as an apprentice or trainee.  This must be a formal agreement, which means you must have signed a training contract that sets out the conditions of your employment and be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

To find employment in the industry where you would like to undertake your apprenticeship or traineeship you can:

  • speak to family and friends who may know someone looking to hire an apprentice or trainee
  • do some online research on your industry
  • approach employers directly to see if they have any vacancies
  • contact a group training organisation who can match you with a host employer or a range of employers.

For more information, download steps to become an apprentice.

When can I start?

Once you have commenced employment as an apprentice or trainee, your hands-on training starts at your workplace.

Additional structured training is delivered by TAFE SWSi and can commence as soon as the necessary paperwork is finalised and the TAFE SWSi contact person has spoken with your employer.

For more information you can visit:

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