There are many different pathways students can take to study a non-traditional occupation. Your career pathway is the journey you take to reach your goals. You decide what Pathway is right for you.

Some of the pathways you can take to achieve your desired career in a non-traditional occupation are:


The Australian Apprenticeships  –  “For more information about Australian Apprenticeships contact your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre, or visit, or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73 to find Australian Apprenticeships Centres in your region.  (Note – that this will need to be updated 1 July 2015 to detail the new AASN)

Australian School-Based Apprenticeships – Young Australians can get a head start with their careers by beginning an Australian Apprenticeship while still working towards their senior secondary school certificate. Australian School-based Apprenticeships are a great career option, allowing young Australians to commence training for a vocational qualification and earn a wage while completing their senior secondary certificate.

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways – This site provides information and resources about Apprenticeships and Traineeships. This includes over 3,000 job and training descriptions (click on the “Search” menu item) and nearly 60 job pathway charts (see the “Careers Resources” menu item). General job hunting advice is in the “Self Help” menu. Links to related websites and resources are in the “Information & Links” and “Workplace Guides” menus.

Australian Qualifications Framework – gives an overview of progression through the various levels of vocational education and training.

Group Training Australia –  is the national association representing a network of around 150 group training organisations (GTOs) located throughout metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Australia. Collectively the national network of group training organisations employs around 35,000 apprentices and trainees and over 100,000 businesses have used a group training organisation to manage the employment of their apprentices and trainees.  GTA provides advocacy and professional development services for the GTO national network, working closely with the state group training associations. GTA promotes the benefits of the group training model of apprentice and trainee employment and highlights the contribution of the group training network to skills development.

myfuture – Australia’s career exploration and exploration services – The new, easy to use website will support you to make career decisions, plan yourcareer pathway and manage work transitions, whatever your career or life stage.

The ACT Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) is responsible and accountable for the provision of strategic advice and overall management of vocational education and training (VET) and higher education. The Directorate also manages Commonwealth and ACT funding directed to VET programs in the ACT. This includes administering territory and national funds for a variety of programs addressing skills development for entry level and existing workers, as well as adult community education. The VET system in the ACT responds to the demands and requirements of industry and the community. The Directorate gathers advice from research and industry stakeholders to predict industry trends and identify the future training requirements of the ACT.

SALT Australia –  The aims of SALT are:

  • Provide support to tradeswomen in Australia including apprentices and women seeking to work in the trades
  • Provide avenues for women to meet other tradeswomen, apprentices etc and share experiences
  • Promote women in the trades to the general public and industry
  • Advocate for change to attitudes to women working in the trades
  • Campaign for changes which enable women to train and work in trades
  • Promote diversity and acceptance for all people in the trades


Group Training Association NSW & ACT.  Australian Apprenticeships Pathways is a partner to the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service, both providing current information and a range of resources on all aspects of Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Australia. Group Training Organisations are frequent users of these Services with many GTOs having established an online account allowing them to dynamically customise website materials.

Trades Women in Construction – if you want a career with a big future – visit this site to learn more – 


Smart and Skilled – Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:
• an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
• government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.
If you’re a prospective student, this website tells you everything you need to know about Smart and Skilled before you enrol with your preferred training provider.

Apprentice Power is a Group Training Organisation (GTO) with a focus on filling traineeships and apprenticeships in Sydney. As a GTO, we hire the apprentice and place them with a suitable host employer in order to create a mutually beneficial working relationship for both the employer and the apprentice. We specialise in a range of positions, including electrical apprenticeships and automotive apprenticeships, all the way through to carpentry and plumbing apprenticeships and a wide variety in between.

State Training Services (STS) in the NSW Department of Education and Communities is responsible for government-funded vocational education and training (VET) in NSW. STS leads strategic policy, planning, funding, regulation and advice on VET to support economic, regional and community development. STS is responsible for the implementation of funded programs, including Smart and Skilled, apprenticeships and traineeships, and adult and community education. It undertakes contract management of approved Smart and Skilled training providers and implements quality assurance and performance monitoring to achieve the best possible outcomes for students. It also offers a one-stop shop for vocational education advice, information and services in NSW.


Group Training Northern Territory –  GTNT are always looking for new people to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship right across the NT. We provide personalised recruitment services including screening, testing and selecting quality applicants for available apprenticeships & traineeships in a range of industries.


The Department of Business’ primary responsibility is to be a critical partner in stimulating and supporting the development of a competitive, responsible and prosperous business and employment environment. The department works with business to develop and broaden the Northern Territory economic base. This includes the provision of strategic programs and activities to support business and industry development.  It is responsible for providing strategic labour market policy advice and forecasting to maximise employment opportunities for Territorians and meet industry needs.


Queensland Minerals & Energy Academy – The QMEA is Australia’s largest and most successful industry/education schools partnership between the Queensland resources sector represented by the Queensland Resources Council and the Queensland state government. Through its school-industry partnerships the QMEA offers a range of programs and experiences to broaden students’ and teachers’ knowledge of the sector and provide pathways for young people into resource sector related careers.

All Trades Queensland – The Girls in Construction program gives you the opportunity to learn about the countless avenues of employment available to women in the construction industry. Join this all female environment and gain valuable skills and practical industry experience that will set you up for a rewarding apprenticeship with All Trades Queensland


The Department of Education and Training (DET) is committed to ensuring Queenslanders have the education and skills they need to contribute to the economic and social development of Queensland.

The department delivers world class education and training services for people at every stage of their personal and professional development. The department is also committed to ensuring our education and training systems are aligned with the state’s employment, skills and economic priorities.


Queensland Skills Gateway – Finding Courses –


Skills SA  Become skilled in a trade or job by learning under people who know the ropes. An apprenticeship or traineeship is your way of getting qualified – and you’ll be paid a wage while you’re learning.

Skills for All is a South Australian government initiative that helps more people to start training, complete that training and gain employment. Funding is available for courses from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma levels. Course fees are significantly reduced due to the Government funding, removing the financial barrier that many people face.

Statewide Group Training SA –  specialise in matching suitable apprenticeship or traineeship (Australian Apprenticeship) candidates with prospective employers to provide young people with a chance to enter the industry of their choice whilst gaining valuable trade skills.


Skills Tasmania is Tasmania’s State Training Authority, developing strategies and providing support, advice, opportunities and funding to deliver quality training to meet the needs of Tasmanians and our industries  Information on this page is designed for those wanting to know more about becoming an apprentice or trainee, of which there are four steps (see below). If you want to know more about apprenticeships or traineeships, such as what incentives and subsidies are available, or what are the obligations of and support for apprentices/trainees and their employer, and much more.


Tasmania Building Group Apprenticeship Scheme – The Tasmanian Building Group Apprenticeship Scheme (TasBGAS) is a not-for-profit, group training organisation, dedicated to developing the vocational skills and expertise of Tasmania’s future building and construction leaders.


TasTAFE offers apprenticeship training in the following industry sectors: Agriculture, Air Conditioning, Automotive, Beauty, Business, Community Services, Construction, Cookery, Dairy, Decorating,


Higher Education & Skills – The Department provides education and development services to children, young people and adults both directly through government schools and indirectly through the regulation and funding of early childhood services, non-government schools and training programs

Victorian Skills Gateway – The Victorian Skills Gateway is a one-stop-shop of Victorian vocational education and training to help find the best option for you. It has been developed by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

Searches can be performed on occupations, courses, training providers, video and written case studies. This website is also viewable via a purpose-built smartphone interface.

The courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway website are either regulated qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or short training programs comprising units of competency from regulated qualifications.


Victoria University – Australian Apprenticeships Centres are contracted by the Australian Government to provide one-stop shops for those seeking to hire Australian Apprentices* or to take up an Australian apprenticeship as a career path. Victoria University (VU) is one of the few universities in Australia to offer both higher education and vocational training. At VU, you can complete an apprenticeship or study certificates, diplomas, degrees or postgraduate courses – entering from various points and exiting when you’ve achieved your goal. Our study pathways connect courses between vocational and higher education, including postgraduate studies. So if you didn’t get the ATAR score to get into your chosen degree, want to change career or add to your skills, we can help you design your study pathway



The Cert IV in Tertiary Preparation is now available at RMIT Hamilton. Starting in late March, the program is the perfect stepping stone for people returning to study, career changers who need tertiary qualifications or for Year 12 students who missed out on their preferred program. Judy Nichols, the program’s Coordinator said it was a way for school leavers to get where they wanted to go, especially those who didn’t have the right perquisites or had changed their mind. “There will be guaranteed places for you in 17 different RMIT programs in 2016 upon completion, or a place at another university,” she said.

For more information contact RMIT University in Hamilton (03) 55720500, email or Judy Pekin Learning Support Officer on 0403 838 334.


The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is the statutory authority responsible for ensuring that employers of apprentices and trainees and providers of education and training (including course and qualification owners) meet quality standards, and that information is readily available to support informed choice in education and training.


 West Australia Group Training – is a Group Training Organisation (GTO) and Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Our aim is to be a catalyst for social change by providing apprentices and trainees with relevant trade experience and exposure coupled with off the job quality training,

The West Coast Institute of Training will be kicking off 2015 with a new VETiS program for female Year 11 students. The Certificate II Building and Construction course will allow students to complement their secondary school studies with one day per week of vocation training in a girls only class. Upon completing the Certificate II qualification the students will be qualified to pursue apprenticeships in Bricklaying, Carpentry, Tiling and Plastering.

Department of Education WA Pathways –  This website provides a table listing the various levels of qualifications from Certificate I through to Doctoral degree – click on a level and it will take you to the relevant section. Scroll down a little way to locate descriptors of distinguishing features of that qualification plus the one above and below for comparison

CCIWA – Apprenticeships Australia employs over 800 apprentices and trainees across a range of different industry and occupational areas. We are the Group Training Organisation within the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, whereby we employ apprentices or trainees and host them out to organisations where they work on site and do their on-the-job training. We also have a service which specifically recruits for major organisations in the oil and gas industry called The Energy Apprenticeships Group

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s ApprentiCentre registers and administers apprenticeship and traineeship training contracts in Western Australia under Part 7 of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 and associated regulations. This site provides a host of information about apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Australia including more than 80 apprenticeships and 400 traineeships. Our ApprentiCentre ambassadors tell their story about their experience as an apprentice or trainee – hear what they have to say. Employers can advertise for an apprentice/trainee on Jobs Board and those looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship can register with Jobs Board to be advised by email or SMS alerts of vacancies.

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