Find answers here to the commonly asked questions about apprenticeships.
Who can apply?
We value diversity and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply including women, mature age applicants, school leavers and members of Indigenous and other minority groups.
I'm a mature aged person. Do you accept applications from a mature person?
We welcome the diversity that all age groups bring to our workforce and we follow a merit based recruitment process. Applications from mature aged people are certainly accepted.
Can I apply if I'm under 17 years of age?
You must be at least 17 years of age and have completed Year 12 by the time the apprenticeship starts.
Do I need to have permanent residency?
Yes. You need to be a permanent Australian resident or hold a subclass 866 or 200 visa.
Do you accept applications from current apprentices?
No. If you’re currently registered with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or under a current training contract, we can’t accept your application.
We will consider your application if you have recently been made redundant or if your current employer is out of work and willing to release you from your current training and employment contract. You will need to upload a redundancy notification/release from your current employer in the application form.
What are the educational requirements?
These requirements apply for Apprentice Electrician, Communications Technician, Distribution Linesperson, Underground Cable Jointer and Mechanical Trade (Diesel Fitting).
To apply for these trade types, you must have at least one of the following:
- completed Year 12 and passed Senior Maths A or General Maths, English and a Science subject is highly advantageous, or
- completed equivalent pre-vocational studies including a 1Certificate II in Electrotechnology, or
- have relevant work experience if you don't hold a certificate.
1 While Certificate II in Electrotechnology is advantageous, it doesn't guarantee your progression through the recruitment process.
How do I apply?
Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised usually twice a year. Visit our latest intake webpage to see if we’re advertising for applications now. You can also set up a Job Alert which will ensure you are notified when we next advertise for Apprentices.
Please note applications or resumes can't be accepted for apprenticeships outside of official recruitment campaigns.
You first to need to decide which apprenticeship type and location you're applying for, because you can only apply for one. You can then apply online as follows:
- Get prepared To complete an application you will need:
- current email address that you check regularly
- current resume
- your latest school results
- two referee names and contact details
- Start application Go to Apprenticeships job list and select 'Start new application'.
- Register If you haven't already registered with the site, you will be asked to set up an account. This allows you to save your application and complete it later.
- Complete application Make sure that you complete all required fields. When prompted, you'll also have to upload your resume along with any school, tertiary or university results.
- Submit Once you've filled everything in, you can submit your application.
- Confirmation You'll be notified by email when we receive your application. If you do not receive an email confirmation that your application has been received, please review your application again to ensure you have submitted the application completely.
What is the selection process and do I have to complete every step?
You must complete each stage of the recruitment process to be considered for an apprenticeship position. The full recruitment process involves:
- Application Complete an online application form.
- Assessment If successful, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre, to participate in team activities and supervised aptitude testing. It’s mandatory to attend.
- Panel Interview You will be invited to attend a panel interview.
- Reference checks You will need to supply two referees and their contact details. Note, referees may not be family members or anyone directly related to you.
- Medical You will need to undertake a medical at a relevant medical centre.
- Offer You will receive a verbal offer of employment, followed by an electronic offer and relevant new starter information.
- Commencement Employment commences on the designated start date.
What if I can’t attend an assessment centre or panel interview?
Due to the sheer volume of applicants and locations, we can’t change location or date/times for assessment centres or panel interviews. We will let you know as soon as possible when assessments and interviews are held, so you have time to make yourself available.
What will my salary be?
Employment conditions are regulated by the relevant legal agreement.
For Apprentice Electrician, Distribution Linesperson, Underground Cable Jointer, Communications Technician and Mechanical Trade (Diesel Fitter) roles, an indication of your first year salary will be:
- Salary commencing from $31,074 per annum + superannuation
All of your uniforms, personal protective equipment and tools are supplied and paid for, as well any study, travel and accommodation costs.
What will my hours be?
Apprentices work a 72.5 hour, nine day fortnight. The start and finish times may vary at different work locations, however your standard working day will be eight hours.
Please note: Overtime and travel may be required on occasion to meet business requirements.
Do you pay relocation costs?
We don’t cover the cost to relocate as a new apprentice. It is your responsibility to relocate to the area near the depot you are allocated to.
Can I apply for more than one apprenticeship or location?
No. You can only select one preferred location and apprenticeship type.
Visit our latest intake webpage to see if we’re advertising apprenticeships right now.
Do you still have questions?
If you still have questions or have issues with your application you can contact us on:
T: 1800 262 353