Pre-apprenticeships at NMIT:
Pre-apprenticeships are a great way to find out what it’s like to work in a particular industry without committing to a formal apprenticeship. Pre-apprenticeships are available to secondary students, school leavers and mature age students seeking a new career path.
How long does a pre-apprenticeship take?
NMIT pre-apprenticeships take up to about six months to complete if you study full-time or about one year part-time. You need to be at least 15 before you can enrol in a pre-apprenticeship.
Do I need an employer before commencing a pre-apprenticeship?
No, students do not need an employer to commence a preapprenticeship and NMIT can help you find an employer when you have finished your pre-apprenticeship course
Will a pre-apprenticeship guarantee me a job?
A pre-apprenticeship doesn’t guarantee you a job but it does provide you with the best preparation for a formal apprenticeship by teaching you basic skills. When deciding who they will take on as an apprentice, many employers will give preference to an applicant who has done a pre-apprenticeship because they are ‘work ready’. Also, if you go on to study an apprenticeship in the same field you may be credited for many of the subjects you completed during your pre-apprenticeship. This means you spend less time at TAFE and more time on-the-job.
Australian Apprenticeships and traineeships
Australian Apprenticeships and traineeships at NMIT:
- aged care work
- bicycle maintenance
- cabinet making
- children’s services
- civil construction
- commercial cookery
- community services work
- construction waterproofing
- customer contact
- education support
- electrical machine repair
- fabrication trade (engineering)
- furniture making
- home and community care (HACC)
- human resources
- information technology
- jewellery manufacture
- meat processing
- mechanical trade (engineering)
- mental health
- photo imaging
- plastering (wall and ceiling lining)
- plumbing and services
- production horticulture
- retail nursery/wholesale nursery
- road transport
- roof tiling and slating
- sheep and wool production
- stair building
- switchgear and control gear
- turf management
- wall and ceiling lining
- wall and floor tiling
- warehousing and storage
- wine - cellar operations
- wine industry operations
An Australian apprenticeship or traineeship is a formal agreement between an apprentice or trainee and an employer allowing the apprentice to learn industry skills by combining on-the-job paid work with formal training. Once you have completed your apprenticeship or traineeship your qualifications are recognised throughout Australia.
What’s the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?
Usually, an apprenticeship is offered in traditional trades such as plumbing, carpentry and bricklaying, while a traineeship is offered in ‘non-traditional trade’ occupations such as fashion, banking and child care.
Do I need an employer before commencing an apprenticeship or traineeship?
Yes, students must have a job with a participating employer or Group Training Company before starting an Australian apprenticeship or traineeship.
Do you study and work at the same time?
There are many ways to complete the formal training part of your apprenticeship. Typically, you spend four days a week working and the fifth day at TAFE. Other apprenticeship arrangements are available including ‘Block Release’ which usually consists of one or two week blocks of study at TAFE. You may also be able to complete some of your formal training at your employer’s workplace or via a combination of TAFE and on-the-job training.
How long does an apprenticeship or traineeship take?
Apprenticeships are usually three to four years in duration while a traineeship lasts around two years. However, some industries let you complete your apprenticeship or traineeship earlier than the standard time and some employers take on part-time apprentices or trainees.
How do I get an Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship?
Students need to find an employer or Group Training Company willing to employ them under the Australian Apprenticeship scheme. The employer will need to contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) to organise all the agreements and the training component.
Where do I start to find an apprenticeship or traineeship?
There are a number of ways to look for an Australian apprenticeship or traineeship. Students can contact employers directly, refer to the employment section of newspapers, visit CENTRELINK, register with employment agencies or use personal contacts.
Why choose NMIT for your pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship or traineeship?
NMIT is the major Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in the northern suburbs and has a reputation for quality and flexibility in delivery.
NMIT has strong relationships with relevant industry sectors and employer groups.
NMIT offers pre-apprenticeship, Australian apprenticeship and traineeship students with some of the best facilities in the Southern Hemisphere including:
- building and construction facilities for full-scale projects
- commercial production kitchens
- computer laboratories
- electrical workshop
- engineering and fabrication plants
- excellent libraries
- broadacre farm
- fully equipped jewellery workshops
- fully operational nursery
- hairdressing training studios and salons
- Level 3 Bistro, seats 40
- locksmithing workshop
- manufacturing facilities
- meat/fish processing plant
- St Georges Restaurant, seats 80
- stud farm
How can I find out more?
To find out more about pre-apprenticeships, Australian Apprenticeships and traineeships contact:
- Australian Apprenticeship Referral Line p: 13 3873
- Australian Apprenticeships Centre at www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au
- A Group Training Company at www.grouptraining.com.au or p: 1800 819 747
- NMIT on 03 9269 1200 or visit the key NMIT apprenticeship and traineeship contacts
Australian Apprenticeship students can apply for the Apprenticeship Training (Fee) Voucher which assists apprentices (the voucher does not apply to traineeships) with study costs.
For information on the Apprenticeship Training (Fee) Voucher
- p: 13 3873 or
- e: ApprenticeshipTrainingVouchers@dest.gov.au