Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program

Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program Approved Qualifications

An apprenticeship or traineeship is one of the best ways to get hands-on training and a nationally recognised qualification while being paid. You can be a school student, school leaver, re-entering the workforce or advancing your career or changing careers.

What is the difference between an apprentice and a trainee?

As an apprentice, you’ll spend 3-4 years learning a traditional trade such as Automotive, Building and construction, Early Childhood Education and Care & Community Services. You’ll graduate as a qualified person.

As a trainee, you’ll spend 1-3 years, learning a vocation in areas such as Automotive, Building and construction, Early Childhood Education and Care & Community Services.

Australian Apprenticeships are competency-based, which means completion can occur at any stage as long as all parties agree that the required skills (competencies) have been achieved.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for NSW Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeships and Traineeships, you must:

  • Be aged 15 years or older
  • No longer at school or home-school student*
  • Lives or work in NSW
  • Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, humanitarian visa holder or a partner visa holder whose sponsor is a humanitarian visa holder

Lead College is approved to deliver the following qualifications under the Smart and Skilled Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program:

Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program

Activity Period 01/07/2024 – 30/06/2025

Qualification Name

National Code

Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design


Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying


Certificate III in Carpentry


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Certificate III in Individual Support


Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology


Certificate III in Pathology Collection


Certificate IV in Ageing Support


Certificate IV in Building and Construction


Certificate IV in Disability Support


Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)


Diploma of Community Services


Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


Delivery Regions in NSW:

  • Capital Region
  • Central Coast
  • Central West
  • Coffs Harbour – Grafton
  • Far West and Orana
  • Hunter Valley excl Newcastle
  • Illawarra
  • Mid North Coast
  • Murray
  • New England and North West
  • Newcastle and Lake Macquarie
  • Richmond – Tweed
  • Riverina
  • Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven
  • Sydney

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Explore traineeships and apprenticeships is available in the industry you want to be a part of – check out here > My Skills

Apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet


The course fee is determined by the NSW provider calculator.

You may check the estimated course fee on Skills NSW.

You may be eligible for a Fee Free Apprenticeship or Fee Free Traineeship through our NSW Smart and Skilled program.

Contact us today to check the eligibility & availability!! at email:

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Phone: +61 466 978 505


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