Fee-free pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships


Are you thinking about taking an apprenticeship or traineeship but not sure if it's right for you? Why not enrol in a fee-free pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship course and see if it suits?

Under a pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship, you’ll undertake an introductory unit allowing you to get a taste of the trade or industry. These introductory courses are fee-free meaning you won’t have to pay anything. If you decide it’s for you, then you are already on your way to studying for your full qualification.

To be eligible for a pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship, you need to:

  • be 15 years old or over, and
  • live or work in New South Wales, and
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen, and
  • no longer be at school or equivalent (Note:A home schooled student is eligible).

View the compulsory new school leaving age for NSW students.

For more information, check out the fee-free pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships fact sheet or contact your local Training Services NSW Regional Office on 13 28 11.

Page last updated: 6 January 2020