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Apprenticeships and traineeships

Available to domestic students
CDU VET apprenticeships and traineeships

Australian apprenticeships include both trainees and apprentices who are collectively called Australian apprentices.

Apprenticeships give you a mix of paid industry training and formal study. Through hands-on learning, you will gain industry experience and have a chance to turn your knowledge into skills. You'll also develop your leadership, teamwork, communication and boost your employability - getting you ready for the future.

How does it work?

All Australian apprentices need to enter into a training contract. Under this contract, you, your employer and CDU will work out a training plan for the duration of your apprenticeship so that you can get the most out of your learning. 

Australian apprenticeships are available at

  • Entry level (Certificate II)
  • Trade level (Certificate III)
  • Post Trade levels (Certificate IV and Diploma)

To find out more about different course types, visit Student and course types explained.

Your apprenticeship employment options are:

  • Part-time
  • Full-time
  • School-based

You can also start your apprenticeship while you're still at school, working one or two days per week.

Visit VET Delivery for Secondary Students (VETDSS) for more information.

How do I apply?

To find out how to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship, visit How to apply for TAFE courses.

Australian apprenticeships offered at CDU

  • Agriculture, rural operations
  • Aquaculture
  • Automotive - light and heavy vehicle, mobile plant panel beating, electrical
  • Baking
  • Business
  • Children services
  • Civil construction
  • Commercial cookery
  • Community services
  • Conservation and land management
  • Construction, carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Financial services
  • Hairdressing, beauty, nails
  • Horticulture
  • Information technology
  • Metal fabrication
  • Plumbing
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning
  • Retail
  • Sport and recreational
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Warehousing and logistics


If you are an employer looking to hire an apprentice or trainee, visit Employers to find out more.


CDU Apprentice Administration Group
T: (08) 8946 7540
F: (08) 8946 6454

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