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What you'll need to know before you start an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Getting started

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to build your career. Gain a recognised qualification while earning money and learning the job.

Citizenship and visa requirements for VET

A person seeking to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in NSW, must meet one of the following citizenship or residency status eligibility requirements.

Top 20 most popular apprenticeships in NSW

Traineeships are free in NSW but which one should you do? Start your search with the 20 most popular and find training providers in your area.

Top 20 most popular traineeships in NSW

Traineeships are free in NSW but which one should you do? Start your search with the 20 most popular and find training providers in your area.

Fee free training

Uncertain about your training options? Pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship courses are free and could help you decide.

Pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships

Access fee-free introductory units that'll give you a taste of a full apprenticeship or traineeship.

Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled provides government-subsidised training and higher-level courses to help you get skills to find a job and advance your career.


JobTrainer NSW is an initiative of the Commonwealth and State Governments that gives young people, job seekers and school leavers the opportunity to upskill for jobs in demand.

Fee Free Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a proven pathway to well-paid jobs in a diverse range of careers. In NSW, they're fee free – meaning no upfront training costs.

Fee Free Traineeships

Traineeships are a proven pathway to well-paid jobs in a diverse range of careers. In NSW, traineeships are also fee free.


AgSkilled funded training is tailored to suit the specific needs of the cotton, grains, production horticulture, viticulture and rice growing industries.

My job has been affected by COVID

Information for jobseekers who may have lost their job during COVID and want to skill up or change careers.

Programs for job seekers

Programs for job seeker who have been left out of work because of COVID-19 including the Continuing Apprentices/Trainees Placement Service (CAPS) and Retrenched Works Assistance.

Find an RTO

Search for Registered Training Organisations (RTO) that train apprentices and trainees in nationally recognised qualifications.

Find a GTO

Search for Group Training Organisation (GTO) that recruits apprentices and trainees and matches them with host employers. GTOs provide ongoing support to all parties.

I am still at school, what is available?

High school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 can enrol in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs) while at school.


Learn about the different ways your skills can be recognised including a Certificate of Proficiency, trade license and more.

Recognition of prior learning and early completion

You may be able to finish your apprenticeship or traineeship early if your training organisation and employer agree you meet industry standards.

Recognition of trade skills

You can earn recognition for skills and experience gained on the job with a Certificate of Proficiency from the Commissioner for Vocational Training.

Licensed trades

Other recognition of trade skills including Licensed Trades.

Skills match

Your professional skills are transferrable. Use Job Outlook's career tool to match your existing skills to a new industry.

What is VET and what are the benefits?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) offers workplace skills, technical knowledge and qualifications for rewarding careers.

Low-fee or free course finder

Use the Smart and Skilled course finder to discover Government-subsidised low fee or fee-free VET courses.

All VET courses

Use the MySkills course finder to search for all VET courses available in Australia.


Helps you get started by doing quizzes, exploring over 5,000 course and career options, organise research and get the right amount of information.

NSW Student Learner Profile

The new NSW Student Learner Profile will be a young person’s passport to future education and employment.

Careers NSW

Careers NSW is being established to provide career guidance to NSW residents at any stage of their career

Course Seeker

Lets you find and compare higher education and university courses, with information on ATAR, prerequisites and enrolment information.

Skills brokers

Skills brokers are located across NSW to help upskill displaced workers or people at risk of unemployment in to job creating industries.

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