Apprenticeships and traineeships

Find an apprentice or trainee for your organisation through Swinburne's wide range of nationally recognised apprenticeship and traineeship qualification courses.

Our specialist staff provide current employers of apprentices and trainees with expert advice, guidance and mentoring help.


An apprenticeship is usually trade based and is three to four years in length. It combines paid on-the-job training with class-based instruction. You may employ your apprentice part-time or full-time or share an apprentice with another business.


A traineeship is usually one to two years in length. It offers those who are already in non-trade related areas an opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge. A Swinburne traineeship combines employment with formal training, delivered either on campus or in the workplace.

Find an apprentice or trainee

To find an apprentice, all you need to do is follow three easy steps:

1. Find an apprentice

An apprentice or trainee can be a student or school-leaver, a person re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers.

Some of the ways to find an apprentice or trainee include:

  • contacting the Swinburne Hub
  • contacting an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider in your region
  • contacting a jobactive organisation in your region
  • advertising the position in your local paper, on job search websites.

Contact Swinburne Hub

The Swinburne Hub is an official government Skills and Job Centre. Speak to one of our staff about employing an apprentice or trainee.

t: +61 3 9726 1450

2) Choose Swinburne as your training provider

Once you employ your apprentice or trainee, register them with an approved Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider, arrange a training agreement and nominate Swinburne as your training provider.

The AASN will then register your training contract on the apprenticeship database (DELTA) and your apprentice or trainee will be allocated a DELTA number.

You will find useful information about employing an apprentice or trainee on the Australian Apprenticeships website. Learn about training contracts, awards, who you can employ and government incentives.

3. Enrol at Swinburne

Once Swinburne has received your apprentice or trainees’ DELTA number you will be contacted by a Swinburne representative who will help you with the creation of a Training Plan and the enrolment process.