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Swinburne has been offering TAFE qualifications for more than a century, which is why we’re one of the most trusted providers of traineeships, apprenticeships, and trades in Melbourne. 

Why study with us?

Students won awards at the 2019 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show*

Our students are regularly recognised with prestigious industry awards#

Did you know you could study some courses for low-fee or free in 2023?

You could have some or all your tuition fees covered in 2023 thanks to government initiative Free TAFE for Priority Courses.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available if you are under 20 years old, or enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.

If you don't tick either of these boxes, you could still have a chance! There are other factors too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply.

Apprenticeships at Swinburne

Apprenticeships at Swinburne

Take a tour of the specialist trades facilities at our Croydon campus, including carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing and electrotechnology training spaces.

  • After 40 years’ experience in the electrical industry and previous training roles in the workplace, a passion for teaching led Neil to return to what he sees as helping others prosper and progress, taking complex studies and putting them into simple terms to create interest and recall.

     “Seeing students’ expressions when they grasp concepts, going on to then achieve certification and prosper with significant career success, has been rewarding.”

    Neil (Teacher) , Enabling students to succeed in Electrotechology industry

Did you know apprentice or trainee employers could be eligible for a wage subsidy?

To assist with Australia’s economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing a Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy to support employers who engage a new apprentice or trainee.

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the commencing or recommencing apprentice or trainee’s gross wage paid for a 12-month period from the date of commencement, to a maximum of $7000 per quarter.

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Swinburne hosts WorldSkills Australia Regionals 2019

Swinburne hosts WorldSkills Australia Regionals 2019

Held at Swinburne’s Croydon campus on 28 August, the WorldSkills Melbourne East Regionals featured five competing teams showcasing their skills across five trades.

From studying beauty therapy to a career in plumbing

From beauty therapy to plumbing

After completing her Certificate III in Plumbing, Aimee is encouraging other women to take the plunge and work in a trade.

The former beauty therapy student (and Survivor contestant!) discovered her passion during a day working on the tools with her dad.

“Having a trade under your belt opens so many doors...and the industry is booming,” she says.

  • People walk on path surrounded by manicured grass and big trees


    Supporting the local community

    Swinburne is proud to continue its sponsorship of the Croydon Football Club throughout the 2018 season.

    As Croydon’s primary sponsor, we understand the integral role sport plays in local communities, and Swinburne is delighted to support the local community, which surrounds one of its campuses.

*Swinburne students won five awards, including two gold medals

#This includes the Apprentice of The Year award

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    Work Integrated Learning

    Swinburne guarantees real industry experience in all our bachelor degrees in the form of placements, internships or industry-linked projects. Find out more about Swinburne's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs.