At Chisholm, we offer an extensive range of apprenticeships and traineeships across various industries. Our delivery responds to the increasing demand for a qualified and skilled workforce.

We have over 20 years’ experience in apprenticeship and traineeship course delivery, and work closely with industry, community and government to develop programs that meet workplace needs.

Benefits of an Apprenticeship or Traineeship

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to get a head start in your chosen career. As an apprentice or trainee, you combine practical work experience with formal qualifications to give you the opportunity to earn an income while you learn. You also have the flexibility to study full-time or part-time, or you can undertake a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

The qualification you receive at the end of your apprenticeship or traineeship is nationally recognised, giving you the option to travel and work around Australia!

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine paid, practical industry learning with a nationally recognised qualification with a registered training organisation (RTO), like Chisholm. An apprenticeship is usually full-time but can be part-time. Depending on the industry, your apprenticeship may take between three and six years to complete. As an apprentice you’ll be paid while you undertake your apprenticeship, including time spent at TAFE.

2021 Chisholm Apprenticeship Courses

What is a traineeship?

Traineeships combine paid, practical workplace employment under supervision and a nationally recognised qualification with an RTO. A traineeship can be full-time or part-time. Depending on the industry, your traineeship may take between one and two years to complete. As a trainee, you’ll be paid while you undertake your traineeship.

What is a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

As a Year 10, 11 or 12 student, you can undertake a school based apprenticeship or traineeship, allowing you to combine paid work, training and school.

In some cases, the school based apprenticeship or traineeship may also count towards your ATAR.

If you are interested in undertaking a school based apprenticeship or traineeship, talk to your school or contact our Schools Liaison Unit on 1300 244 746.

Pre-Apprenticeship Courses

A pre-apprenticeship is usually a Certificate II level course that introduces you to a trade. Providing you with a realistic taste of working in that industry while learning basic skills and knowledge to begin an apprenticeship.

Reasons to undertake a pre-apprenticeship with us:

  • employers often prefer to take on apprentices with pre-apprenticeship qualifications
  • access to Government funding for eligible students
  • experiencing a trade before pursuing an apprenticeship
  • making a commitment of just six months or less for most pre-apprenticeship courses
  • learning from industry experts
  • learn in state-of-the-art facilities utilising current equipment
  • meeting great people and forming new connections that could help you get an apprenticeship.

We currently offer 25 pre-apprenticeships in automotive, beauty, building, electrical, plumbing, cabinet making, engineering, hairdressing and horticulture.

To apply for a pre-apprenticeship:

  • Certificate II Pre-apprenticeships - Apply directly from the course page on the Chisholm website or call 1300 244 746.
  • Certificate II Pre-apprenticeships VETis - Apply through your school.

2021 Chisholm Pre-Apprenticeship Courses

How to become an Apprentice or Trainee

Steps to become an apprentice or trainee:

  1. Research different trade industries
  2. Decide on the industry you want to work in
  3. Get your resume ready
  4. Find an employer and commence paid employment
  5. Arrange a training contract with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN)
  6. Enrol at Chisholm or at an alternative RTO
  7. Complete a training plan
  8. Commence training.

Finding the right apprenticeship or traineeship for you

There are many resources and support networks available to assist you in finding the right apprenticeship or traineeship for you:


If you are an employer wishing to engage an Apprentice or Trainee, please visit our Industry Apprenticeship and Traineeship training page.