Australian Environmental Apprenticeships

Environmental Apprentice Going To Work

Apprenticeships In The Environmental Sector

Apprenticeships (also known as Apprenticeships and Traineeships) are a combination of training and employment. Australian Apprentices can complete a nationally recognised qualification while gaining valuable experience in the workforce. An apprenticeship provides a great way to earn an income whilst developing a solid and worthwhile career path for yourself.

Environmental Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can be completed in over 70 industries with many occupations having an emphasis on the environment. Examples are in the agriculture, landcare, waste management and tourism sectors.


In addition to the above areas, an environmental focus is also becoming a component in a broad range of occupations, such as the traditional trade areas of plumbing, energy and building.


Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age. You must hold Australian Citizenship, or a visa that allows you to work for the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship.


You can undertake an apprenticeship through several pathways, including while you are still at school, as a school-leaver, when re-entering the workforce or as a change of career.


To find out which "green jobs" offer apprenticeships you can search the government website. Their website offers the facility to search by industry groups and by trade occupations. Or you can look at the Australian Apprenticeships Job Pathway Charts to get an idea of potential career paths for the industries you are interested in.

Benefits of An Apprenticeship

  • A great way to get a head start in a chosen career
  • Paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both
  • ‘Competency based’ not ‘time based’ training, meaning you may complete your training faster
  • Full-time or part-time employment and training options
  • A pathway to a nationally recognised qualification and skills which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of your working life

Apprenticeship Job Hunting

Finding an Apprenticeship is like searching for any job. You will need to look online for advertisements. Employers may also recruit staff directly, so you can approach employers who may hire people in the occupation in which you are interested.


To help you formulate a strategy to secure a great apprenticeship, the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information website is a great place to start. It has a wealth of information about the different career options available.


Useful Links For Finding Apprenticeships

Here is a link to find your nearest Australian Apprenticeships Support Network


Here is a link to go to the Job Pathways website


Here is a link for the Australian Government JobSearch website


Info on Apprenticeships For Employers

No matter what industry you might be in, there is likely to be an Apprenticeship to meet your training needs.


For more information with respect to this, you can contact your nearest Australian Apprenticeships Support Network


Also, for more detailed information, you can search the employer section of the Australian Apprenticeships government website


You will also find a wealth of Apprenticeship Information for Employers on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website

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