Combine your training with work through an apprenticeship, and you can earn while you learn with Chisholm. We work closely with industry, community and government to develop programs that meet workplace needs.

Apprenticeships usually take three to four years to complete and government funding is available for eligible students.  At Chisholm, we offer a range of apprentice training across certificate III and IV IV levels in:

  • Automotive – body repair, refinishing, forklift technology, marine mechanical technology.
  • Building Trades - carpentry, wall and ceiling lining, joinery, bricklaying
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Cabinet and furniture making
  • Hairdressing
  • Horticulture and landscaping
  • Hospitality, cookery and bakery
  • Plumbing.

Becoming an apprentice

To become a registered apprentice, you need to find a job in chosen trade, with an employer who’s willing to take you on as an apprentice.

You and your employer will enter into a formal training contract through Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). Contact AASN on 13 38 73 or visit for more information.

On signing your contract, you’ll be asked to nominate a registered training organisation or RTO, such as Chisholm, and we will automatically be notified of your intention to start training. We will contact you when the next apprenticeship group is starting.

If you are a school student thinking of starting a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) while still at school, your careers adviser should be your first point of contact for information.

Tips on finding an apprenticeship

  • Start by organising a resume and start searcingh for an employer. There are many ways to find a job including:
  • Search the many job websites online such as the Australian job search website ,, Facebook or Linkedin.
  • Go through newspapers for apprenticeship vacancies. Saturday and Wednesday are the main days for job advertisements.
  • Apprenticeship Employment Network
  • Talk to Centrelink about Job Active Centre . Job Active Centres may be able to assist you in identifying employers interested in taking on Australian apprentices.
  • Visit Jobs and Workplace on
  • Contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support network. Call 13 38 73 or visit
  • Word of mouth is the oldest and best form of marketing yourself. Tell everyone you know, including family and friends that you are looking for an apprenticeship.
  • Ask around for apprenticeship vacancies on your social media accounts
  • Prepare a list of employers and trade outlets such as plumbing, electrical or hardware suppliers and ask if you can put a ‘looking for work’ notice on their noticeboard.
  • Call or send your resume to companies that you would like to work for.
  • Create a “calling card” and drop in on the off chance without an appointment. Include basic information such as your name and contact details, the type of apprenticeship you are seeking and whether you have completed a pre-apprenticeship course.
  • Visit work sites and obtain managers details where appropriate.


Visit the following websites for more information:

Further your career with further study

After completing your apprenticeship, you can go onto further study. Chisholm offers a range of diplomas, advanced diplomas and degrees to take your career to the next level. Visit the Career Fields pages on this website, and check out the Career Pathways section on the course pages for details about what job outcomes a higher qualification with Chisholm could give you.



Employers often prefer to take on apprentices who have already gained pre-apprenticeship qualifications.
A pre-apprenticeship is a certificate course – generally a Certificate II -  that introduces you to a trade, provides you with a realistic taste of working in that industry and gives you some skills and knowledge to commence an apprenticeship.

More reasons to undertake a pre-apprenticeship with Chisholm:

  • Government funding is available for eligible students.
  • It’s a great way to make sure you’ve chosen the right trade before pursuing an apprenticeship.
  • Most pre-apprenticeship courses are six months or less.
  • You’ll learn from industry experts.
  • You’ll benefit from state-of-the art facilities utilising current equipment.
  • You’ll meet great people and form new connections that could help you get an apprenticeship.

We currently offer 25 pre-apprenticeships in automotive, beauty, building, electrical, plumbing, cabinet making, engineering, hairdressing and horticulture.

View Emma Harwood’s story to find out how she undertook pre-apprenticeship training and then used the Chisholm myjobs service to gain an apprenticeship with a major car dealership.



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