Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Senior School | Years 10 – 12

Apprenticeships & Traineeships

In Western Australia, apprenticeships and traineeships offer a fantastic way to bridge the gap between education and employment, providing a blend of practical training and theoretical learning across a wide array of industries. These programs empower students to gain essential skills, obtain industry-recognized qualifications, and embark on rewarding career journeys.

Apprenticeships are typically longer-term programs, ranging from 3 to 4 years, depending on the specific trade. Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industries, including construction, automotive, engineering, hospitality, electrical, plumbing, and more.
Apprentices work under the guidance of a qualified tradesperson or employer, gaining practical skills and experience on the job, while also undertaking structured training with a Registered Training Organization (RTO) to complete the theoretical aspects of the qualification.
Throughout the apprenticeship, apprentices are paid a wage, which may increase as they progress through the program. Upon successful completion, apprentices are awarded a nationally recognized qualification, such as a Certificate III or IV in their chosen trade.

Traineeships are similar to apprenticeships, but they are usually shorter in duration, typically lasting between 1 to 2 years, and cover a broader range of industries, including retail, business administration, information technology, community services, and more.
Like apprentices, trainees work on-the-job to gain practical experience, and they also attend structured training with an RTO to achieve their qualification. Successful completion of a traineeship leads to the award of a nationally recognized qualification, often at the Certificate II, III, or IV level.

There are several pathways through which you can pursue apprenticeships and traineeships at St. Mary’s College:

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs):
Students who are in Year 11 and 12 can commence a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship while completing their secondary education. This allows them to gain work experience and skills in a chosen trade or vocation while earning credit towards their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

Pre-Apprenticeship or Pre-Traineeship Courses:
These are short-term vocational courses designed to prepare students for entry into specific trades or industries. By completing a pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship program, our students can gain foundational knowledge and skills that enhance their employability and chances of securing an apprenticeship or traineeship position.

Direct Entry Apprenticeships and Traineeships:
Students who have completed their formal education or have some relevant work experience may apply directly for apprenticeships or traineeships. Employers often advertise these positions, and interested candidates can submit their applications to be considered for placement.

Industry-specific Programs:
Some industries may have specialized apprenticeship or traineeship programs that are designed to cater to their unique needs. These programs may include additional training and support specific to that industry.

It is important to note that the pathways and availability of apprenticeships and traineeships may change over time. Therefore, it is recommended for students to consult with our Head of VET and Careers, Ms. Leanne Murphy for the most accurate and current details about these opportunities.