A Pre-apprenticeship course will teach you the foundation skills needed to get a head start on paid employment. Prepare yourself to excel as an apprentice, by learning the hands-on skills employers are looking for.

What is a Pre-apprenticeship?

Pre-apprenticeships are not mandatory for entry into an occupation, but they help prepare you for a formal apprenticeship.
A Pre-apprenticeship is tied to a Certificate II in your area of interest (e.g. Certificate II in Building and Construction), but you don’t need to have an employer to start the course.
You can complete a Pre-apprenticeship at a training provider or, if you’re still at school, as part of your VCE of VCAL studies.

What are the benefits of doing a Pre-apprenticeship?

Completing a Pre-apprenticeship can help you assess whether you enjoy and are interested in a particular industry.
A Pre-apprenticeship will give you a set of basic skills, or improve your existing skills, so if you decide to go ahead with a full apprenticeship you will be better equipped to succeed.
Having a completed Pre-apprenticeship may also make you more attractive to potential employers by showing that you have a foundation of skills and a passion for the industry.
Some Pre-apprenticeships can help reduce the length of a formal apprenticeship. This only applies to selected courses approved by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). To find out if this applies to your Pre-apprenticeship contact your training provider.

Delivered from specialist training centres, we cover a range of industries including:

Automotive & Engineering

Building, Electrical & Plumbing


Art & Design

Food & Fibre