Careers begin with courses that are proven. And at Swinburne, we’ve been offering TAFE qualifications for more than 100 years.

With apprenticeships in building and construction, electronics, horticulture and more, there’s no better way to combine paid work with training. Learn and earn your way towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Photograph of Steven Jeffery - 2016 Vic Apprentice of the Year

Student success


Swinburne carpentry apprentice, Steven Jeffery, has won the Apprentice of the Year award at the 2016 Victorian Training Awards. This is the third consecutive year that a Swinburne apprentice has taken out this category.

Steven completed a Certificate III in Carpentry and undertook his apprenticeship through his father’s business.

Apprenticeships at Swinburne

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

Studying an apprenticeship at Swinburne

The right tools

  • Access state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure.
  • Receive up-to-date training in sustainability for trades at the innovative Flexible Green Trades Complex at the Croydon campus.
  • Work with equipment and technology used by industry professionals.
  • Get one-on-one course advice through Swinburne Start.


A pre-apprenticeship is a great way to sample an industry before committing to a full apprenticeship or employment.

Pre-apprenticeships range from three to six months in duration and aim to give you basic industry skills. Many employers prefer you to have completed a pre-apprenticeship before beginning your apprenticeship and you may find that your apprenticeship takes less time to complete as a result.


Apprenticeships allow you to combine paid employment with formal training and give you a foot in the door of the trade or industry in which you’re interested.

Apprenticeships are usually three to four years in duration and combine training at Swinburne with learning on the job with your employer. They are available in a range of industries and are ideal if you’re looking to work in a traditional trade such as bricklaying, electrical or plumbing.


Traineeships offer those who are already in paid employment an opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge. A Swinburne traineeship combines employment with formal training, which is delivered either on campus or in the workplace.

Traineeships usually take one to two years to complete and are available in areas such as horticulture, information technology and laboratory operations. 

Trades short courses

Swinburne offers a range of short courses that can help with your licensed trade exam preparation or to learn a new skill.

Melinda Lethbridge promo profile

Graduate success


In 2014 Swinburne graduate Melinda Lethbridge was named Australian Apprentice of the Year at the Australian Training Awards. Two years later, Melinda has taken out gold at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition in the Fitting and Turning category.   

Access your career

Where do you see yourself in five years? Building up your own trade business, assisting in ground-breaking research in a laboratory or working on telecommunications networks across the country?

After completing an apprenticeship you may be able to:

  • enter full-time employment
  • complete further study at a higher level
  • get a promotion
  • run your own business.

Apprenticeships and trades courses

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