Apprenticeships and traineeships

A traineeship is a contract between an employer and an employee for the provision of training and employment over a period of time. The employee (trainee) is given the opportunity to undertake practical training both on and off the job in order to meet the requirements of a specific qualification. Traineeships can commence at any given period over a calendar year, and vary in duration.

Trainees must first secure employment in their chosen field before commencing off the job training with SuniTAFE.

During an apprenticeship a person is contracted to an employer to learn all aspects of a trade through on the job training as well as off the job training at SuniTAFE. Apprenticeships can be delivered in a number of modes which best suit the apprentice and industry including, flexible delivery, on the job assessment and training or a combination of these.

Apprentices must first secure employment in their chosen field before commencing off the job training. SuniTAFE can provide guidance to assist in identifying appropriate employment opportunities.

To enquire about Apprenticeships or Traineeships, please contact us on:
Phone: 1300 478 648

2013 Australian School Based Apprentice of the Year – Joel Schwarz of Merbein

“The vocational engineering training has been pivotal to kick-starting my dream career. I have found that the skills learned carry across and are applicable to my work as a mechanic and will open up more doors in the future. If I can fix and manufacture mechanical machinery, and show this with the appropriate trade qualifications, then that makes me a very employable person with large and broad career options. My advice to others is just give it a go if you have the passion.”

Joel Schwarz grew up on a vineyard and has always been surrounded by machinery. He is currently enrolled in a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology and is undertaking a school-based apprenticeship with Sunrise Ag, an agricultural machinery company.

Joel’s work covers a large range of machinery from combine harvesters and broad acre tractors to hoes, slashers and seeding implements. Joel trains with SuniTAFE.

In 2013 Joel was also completing his VCE at Mildura Senior College, and was highly appreciative of the teachers in their desire to be flexible with his courses and timetable to cater for his apprenticeship.

In that year Joel was recognised for his exceptional work in the Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology by winning the Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award at the Victorian Training Awards and then progressing onto the Australian Training Awards winning the School-based Apprentice of the Year Award. The judges found him to have a great understanding of his industry and emerging trends and to display maturity and insight into his work.

In 2014, Joel became an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador (like The Block’s Scott Cam). He also represented Australia at the second annual APEC Youth Skills Camp in Beijing.“I never imagined that completing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship and my involvement with the Australian Training Awards would lead to representing my country in China,” Joel said.

You too can do an apprenticeship with SuniTAFE! Contact your closest campus to find out how.