Not sure which trade you’d like to do? Pre-apprenticeships are a great way to find out what it’s like to work in a particular industry without committing to a formal apprenticeship.

Pre-apprenticeships (Pre Apps) are available to secondary students, school leavers and mature age students seeking a new career path. Pre Apps are tied to a Certificate II in your area of interest (e.g. Certificate II in Shopfitting), but you don’t need to have an employer to start the course.

We currently offer pre-apprenticeships in:

How to get started

  • Visit your page of interest and click on Enquire or Apply Now button. Melbourne Polytechnic staff will answer your queries

How long will my pre-apprenticeship take?

Melbourne Polytechnic pre-apprenticeships course duration varies, depending on the course or if you study full-time or part-time. The duration is stated under the Local Students tab on each of the course web pages. You need to be 15 years of age or older before you can enrol.

Do I need an employer before commencing a pre-apprenticeship?

You do not need an employer to commence a pre-apprenticeship – Melbourne Polytechnic will endeavour to help you find an employer when you have finished your course.

Will a pre-apprenticeship guarantee me a job?

A pre-apprenticeship doesn’t guarantee you a job but it does provide you with the best preparation for a formal apprenticeship by teaching you basic skills associated with your vocation of choice.

Many employers, when deciding who to take on as an apprentice, will give preference to an applicant who has completed a pre-apprenticeship because they are ‘work ready’.

Also, if you go on to study an apprenticeship in the same field, you may receive recognition for some of the subjects you completed during your pre-apprenticeship – which means you spend less time at TAFE.

Further Information

Contact the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) on 03 9269 8565 or email

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Last Modified: 4th December 2018