Adult Apprenticeships

Australian Apprenticeships can provide a pathway to a career change for people looking to re-enter the workforce and for people who are currently working.

Australian Apprenticeships combine work with training in a nationally recognised qualification. Australian Apprenticeships are available in over 60 industries.

Employees and employers can select a qualification in their industry, help determine the training content through the development of an individual Training Plan, and discuss with a training provider how the training can be delivered in a way that meets the needs of the workplace.

An Australian Apprenticeship may be available to you and your employer with the financial support of the Australian State and Territory Governments.


  • Pathway to an Adult Apprenticeship Flowchart

    This Flowchart summarises the steps to finding an Adult Apprenticeship.

  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices Initiative

    The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative provides financial support to an eligible employer of an adult Australian Apprentice through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme. The purpose of the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative is to remove barriers for Adult Australian Apprentices and to encourage up-skilling by adult workers through an Australian Apprenticeship.

    For more information contact an Apprenticeship Network provider.

  • Restart: support for employers who employ eligible over 50 year old job seekers

    Restart offers support to employers who employ and retain eligible job seekers who are 50 years of age or older, and who have been unemployed and on income support for six months or more.

    At present, an employer can receive up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) in assistance for a full-time employee over two years. From 1 November 2015 the length of Restart will be reduced so that the $10,000 in assistance can be paid to employers over 12 months.


    Phone: 13 13 94. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides information about wages and conditions for Federal awards and also provides direct links to State and Territory wage information websites. Click on the article heading to go to the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

  • Centrelink Services

    Centrelink can support jobseekers with a range of services and programs.

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

    This link explains that if you have already gained skills, experience and knowledge through completing courses, life experience or work experience, this may provide you with credit towards the completion of a qualification that relates to your occupation or the occupation that you want to move in to.

  • About Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)

    A Registered Training Organisation (RTO) may be a public organisation (for example a TAFE) or a private organisation. An employer may also apply to become an RTO.
    RTOs must adhere to nationally consistent standards. Their performance is audited by State/ Territoryor Commonwealth government .
    RTOs may deliver training supported by public funding, such as in the case of Australian Apprenticeships, or 'fee for service' courses. RTOs may deliver training at various levels from 'pre-apprenticeships' programs to higher level qualifications that articulate into Tertiary study.

  • jobactive

    Search for a local Employment Services provider. Employment Services providers help Australians into work and help employers find the right staff for their business. Providers help ensure employment and training services meet the needs of mature age job seekers.

  • Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) providers

    Apprenticeship Network providers operate in every state and territory to provide assistance to employers, Australian Apprentices and training providers throughout the duration of the Australian Apprenticeship. Apprenticeship Network providers can provide information on incentives and initiatives including those specifically applicable to adults.

  • It's Not About Age - ACCI Issues Paper

    The Not About Age, Pathways For Engaging Mature Aged People And Existing Workers As Apprentices" issues paper continues the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (ACCI) research into the more effective harnessing of the skills and experience of mature age people and the retention of existing apprentices.