Pre-apprenticeship training is an entry-level certificate. It is made up of traditional classroom learning on a TAFE campus, as well as hands-on work experience out in the real world.

What are the benefits?

Unlike traditional apprenticeships you don't need to find someone to employ you first. Instead of signing up for four years of training right away, you can commit to a shorter course to make sure it's the right fit for you. You'll also get the chance to show off your skills to future employers during work experience placement. Employers know that our pre-apprenticeship grads are keen to work, which helps you stand out in the crowd.


What job can I get?

We have pre-apprenticeship courses across a range of different industries — including everything from baking to building, and hairdressing to engineering. Once you successfully finish the course you may be able to transition into an apprenticeship with an employer, or move into further study with TAFE Queensland.


What if I don't know what I want to do?

That's the beauty of these courses! They're the perfect opportunity for you to try out a career before committing to a long apprenticeship. And with a huge range of study options available you're sure to find something that excites you.


Courses available


How to apply

Current school students

If you're ready to get a head-start on your career while you're still at school then talk to the VET Coordinator at your school. They'll be able to talk you through your study options and get the application process started for you. If you've already spoken to your school VET Coordinator, and they have given you a TAFE at School application code, you can apply online via Pathways.

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School leavers and mature-age students

You can apply directly to TAFE Queensland by clicking the Apply Now button on the course page you’re interested in and completing the Ready to Apply form. Alternatively, you can visit one of our campus locations or call us on 1300 308 233. Make sure you read the important information section on the course page and prepare any required eligibility documents to speed up the application process.

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