Apprenticeships and traineeships are available in over 500 careers so chances are there’ll be one that sparks your passion. The first thing you need to do is find an employer. You can do this by looking through job ads or try talking to family and friends to see if they know of any opportunities.
You could also try the Apprentice Employment Network. The Network's membership is made up of Group Training Organisations who employ apprentices and trainees under a training contract and place them with host employers. One or more employers may host you. This is a great way to experience a variety of workplaces. Visit: www.aennswact.com.au
Once you’ve got an employer, you'll need to enrol with a Registered Training Organisation. You can choose from TAFE NSW, an adult or community education provider, a private provider, a school or a higher education institution. And then, you’re on your way.
Generally you don’t need an ATAR to start a VET course, and you might be able to start one while you’re studying for your HSC.
Many courses do have entry requirements, but they may not be related to your school studies. Entry requirements are the minimum qualifications, knowledge, skills, experience and attributes you must have to be considered for entry into a course. Some courses have very specific mandatory entry requirements conditions such as licensing or regulatory requirements.
When you find a course you want to do, the entry requirements should be clearly displayed in the course information. You must be able to show that you meet those entry requirements when you enrol in the course. If you’re not sure, speak to someone at the training organisation.
You can find out about NSW Government subsidised training, eligibility requirements, and the qualifications and courses that are currently available by checking out the course finder on the Smart and Skilled website.
There are many options from providers of your choice in locations close to you. You can search by course/qualification, occupation and industry to find the training that you need.
Once you’ve made your selections from the course finder, contact your preferred training organisation for more information, course costs, and to make sure you can enrol in the course you are wanting to study.
If you need further help, you can call Training Services NSW on 13 28 11.
There is a wide range of support and assistance available to people in NSW who are interested in studying a VET course that is subsidised by the NSW Government.
Interested in finding out about Scholarships? See the current opportunities and eligibility requirements here.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students with disabilities, Australian Government welfare recipients, asylum seekers and refugees, and people who want support with reading, writing or numeracy, there is a range of support available through Smart and Skilled.
For further information and details, talk to your training organisation or call Training Services NSW on 13 28 11.
There are hundreds of job opportunities you can get with a VET qualification. According to the Foundation for Young Australians when you train for one job, you learn the skills for 13 other jobs! Pretty amazing.
On the Smart and Skilled website you can find a stack of job guides to help you get a better understanding of the skills and qualifications that are needed for over 100 different occupations, including what the job involves, the training needed, employment prospects, pay rates and more. You should also check out Job Outlook, a careers and labour market research information site developed by the Australian Government.