Many people in the workforce gain their practical skills through vocational education and training (VET) courses or through traineeships and apprenticeships. VET equips job seekers with practical skills and knowledge that can be essential to entering the workforce for the first time, changing careers, upgrading skills or moving into further education. Read more about workplace readiness skills on our workplace readiness page.
The federal, state and territory governments provide financial incentives and support for vocational education and training students to help them gain the skills required to secure employment. There are programs for all kinds of students; apprentices and trainees, new job starters, those re-entering the workforce, retraining for a new job or upgrading their skills for an existing job.
Apprenticeships and traineeships are formal on-the-job training arrangements between an employer and an employee that can lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age and offer you opportunities to learn new skills.
Employers can employ an apprentice part-time, full time or while they are still at school and may be eligible to receive incentives. Visit the Australian Government Apprenticeships website for more information and support.