Apprenticeship and traineeship head start

Group Training Organisations offer fee-free pre-apprenticeship and pre-traineeship courses that include work experience with host employers.

About the A&T Head Start Program

The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Head Start Program helps students unlock their futures through fee-free accredited training. By completing pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship courses, students get to try out career pathways of interest, gain nationally recognised units of competency, and earn credit that can be put towards full apprenticeship or traineeship courses.

Initiative activities include:

  • Facilitated training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) leading to 3-4 nationally recognised units of competency.
  • Potential work experience with a host employer.

Initiative courses for 2024

Following a successful 2023 program where 90 courses were delivered to approximately 1100 students throughout NSW, we are pleased to confirm that 16 Group Training Organisations (GTO) will facilitate course delivery across 12 part-qualification vocations commencing in 2024 in the following industries:

  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Business
  • Utilities and Electrotechnology
  • Early Childhood, Education and Care
  • Community Services and Allied Health
  • Building and Construction
  • Maritime Engineering and Operations
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Hospitality
  • Plumbing
  • Agriculture and Animal Care


The Program will be serviced by 15 GTOs who will facilitate opportunities for selected students in years 10-12 to undertake part-qualification, pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship training across 148 public high schools.

GTO Name Website
Ai Group Apprentice & Trainee Centre
Apprenticeship Careers Australia
Central Coast Group Training
Hospitality Training Network
Hunter Valley Training Company
HunterNet Group Training Limited
Maxima Group Training
Maxwell Apprentices
My Gateway
My Freight Career
NECA Group Training
Programmed Skilled Workforce
WPC Group Ltd
Yalagan Group Training

For Employers

Employers can participate in the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Head Start Program by offering:

  • Work experience opportunities
  • On-site industry immersion tours
  • Invitations to industry events
  • School mentoring options and industry talks
  • Providing opportunities for Apprenticeship and Traineeship employment

If you are an employer looking to get involved in the program, please download the below Employer info pack for more information.

Download employer info pack

Download 2024 EPP Apprenticeship and Traineeship Head Start Program Guidelines

Contact us

To contact the team, email

Term 1, 2024 Vocations to be updated shortly


  • VET


  • apprenticeships
  • traineeships

Business Unit:

  • Communication and Engagement
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