Why choose VET if you’re starting out

If you are starting out in the workforce, there are a range of vocational education and training (VET) options that will help you on the way to your career or choice. You may choose to undertake a VET course that will help you secure a job, or undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship which combines work and study.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships give you practical, transferable skills, workforce experience and the foundation of a solid career. And they’re paid positions, so you earn as you learn. Apprenticeships and traineeships bring together training and employment under a legal contract between the apprentice and trainee, and their employer. Apprentices and trainees receive a wage while undertaking their training. In some cases, group training organisations employ the apprentice or trainee and place them with a suitable 'host' employer.

  • As an apprentice or trainee, you’ll combine time at work with training. You can begin an apprenticeship or traineeship while you’re still at school, or you may choose to take on an apprenticeship or traineeship as a mature age student.
  • You’ll enter into a training contract with your employer and receive a combination of formal and on-the-job training to learn your trade or occupation. Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship or traineeship you’ll get a nationally recognised qualification.
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships are available in a wide range of industries. You probably know about apprenticeships in the building and construction or food industries, but did you know you can do an apprenticeship in the telecommunications or information technology industries?

Other VET study options

If you don’t want to be locked-in to an apprenticeship or traineeship, you can choose to undertake a VET course directly with a registered provider.Anyone over 15 years of age can access VET. Around half of all school leavers undertake vocational training within a year or two after leaving school. Over half of all students undertaking VET are over the age of 25 years and the vast majority of VET students study part-time.

Need help?

To see what's available in the type of job that you would like to train for search on the myFutures website which has information on occupations and careers, where you can find out about jobs with good prospects, weekly earnings, type of work and other useful occupational information.

To find out more go to the myFutures website.

Other useful job and career sites


AusAppPathways mobile app

AusAppPathways is a  new app that helps jobseekers and students at the beginning of their career  research to explore the many apprenticeship and traineeship pathway options.

Download it at www.ausapp.com.au