How do I start a TAFE apprenticeship?

Thinking of learning a trade but not sure where to begin?
TAFE apprenticeships are a great way to combine paid work with TAFE training, leading to a nationally recognised qualification, and great industry skills to get you started in your chosen career.
It’s straightforward to get started, once you’ve got all the steps in place and the paperwork sorted. Don’t worry, there is lots of support along the way to keep you on track.
Basically the process looks like this:

  1. Select your trade or industry.
  2. Find an employer.
  3. Establish your training contract.
  4. Select your training provider and set up your training plan. 

Let’s explain those steps…

1. Select your trade or industry.

You probably already have an idea of what industry or trade you’d like to work in. Most people just think of building trades, but you can do apprenticeships in many areas including automotive, horticulture, hairdressing, and cookery.
A great way to ‘try before you buy’ and get some skills under your belt is through a pre-apprenticeship course. This also looks great on your resume when finding an employer.
2. Find an employer.
You can’t start an apprenticeship without one! Finding the right employer is key, as you’ll be working and learning on-the-job with them throughout your apprenticeship.
If you need help, and Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can also help match you with an employer and get the process started.
3. Establish your training contract.

This is the formal agreement between you and your employer, and outlines what you need to do, what they need to do, and what qualification you receive at the end. Your Apprenticeship Network Provider will help prepare and register your training contract.

4. Select your training provider.
This depends on your industry, employer, and location. There are lots of benefits to choosing a TAFE provider such as The Gordon, including great facilities, passionate industry teachers, and access to all our support services.

Where do I do my training?

This depends on your individual training plan, which is established once your training contract is signed.  At the Gordon TAFE, we offer flexible training options, and help deliver and assess your training both in the workplace and on-campus at The Gordon.
We’ve got three campuses across Geelong and Wyndham including our new Hoppers Crossing Trades Campus.

“The key to a successful apprenticeship is the right attitude, a passion and a willingness to learn and try your best”. 

This is great advice from our recent electrical apprentice Hannah Terry who won gold at the national WorldSkills competition in 2016.
Need some more inspiration? Hear from our Gordon TAFE apprentices on why they love their chosen field.

Posted: 4/01/2017 3:38:59 PM



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The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 130 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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