Traineeships and fee-free apprenticeships are a great way to get your career off to a flying start or change career direction. Gain a recognised qualification while you earn money and learn.
Did you know?
VET delivers training for 8 out of 10 occupations predicted to have the greatest new jobs growth in the five years to May 2023: aged and disabled carers, child carers, software and application programmers, waiters, education aides, chefs, kitchenhands and advertising, public relations and sales managers.
VET offers pathways to these fields and many more.
There's really something for everyone
VET institutions specialise in providing students with hands-on experience and real-world skills. Courses cover industries such as administration, retail, tourism & hospitality, construction, utilities, community services & health, transport, mining, manufacturing, and technology.
All courses are outcome-based and focus on the occupational skills, competency and practical experience you’ll need for the job you want.
Duration - 4 to 18 months
Career outcome - Competent operator - Supervisor
Duration - 18 to 24 months
Career outcome - Para-professional
Duration - 24 to 36 months
Career outcome - Junior manager
We understand that everyone is different
The demands of each job can vary greatly, depending on the type of work you’re undertaking. The qualifications required for each job are also unique. We understand that needs are different for everyone. That’s why VET courses are available to you in a number of forms.
You can complete your study full-time or part-time around the hours dictated by your job.
Get hands-on experience
You’ll be getting hands on experience and training in your work environment.
Boost your current career potential
You can even gain further qualifications once your apprenticeship or traineeship is complete to aid your career progression.
Over 1800 courses
Whatever you’re looking for there’s an option that’ll work for you.
Now for the good news
When you enrol in a VET course you typically pay a fee. The fee you pay will depend on your personal circumstances and the type of course. Fees are usually higher for the more complicated courses. For example, a fee for a diploma course is usually higher than the fee for a Certificate II qualification.
The good news is fees for VET courses are usually lower than fees for university courses. There are a lot of different fee structures in VET so it’s important that you ask a training provider questions about the fee before you enrol.
Some questions to ask:
If you choose a course that is delivered as a traineeship, the course is government funded. Apprenticeships in NSW are fee-free .
If you have existing skills and experience, you may also be eligible for recognition of prior learning (usually referred to as RPL). Ask the training provider if the fee will reduce if you are eligible for RPL.