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How can I get an electrical apprenticeship?

An electrical apprenticeship equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a licensed electrician or other electrical specialist.

Your apprenticeship will include a mix of classroom and on-the-job training, working under supervision from a qualified electrician.

An electrical apprentice you may find yourself working in a wide range of industries and sectors, including mining and natural resources, manufacturing, construction, communication, and renewable energy.

You may also choose to specialise in an electrical trade, such as an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Apprenticeship, a Security Systems Apprenticeship, or an Instrumentation and Control Apprenticeship.

Tips for Getting Into an Electrical Apprenticeship

To get an electrical apprenticeship you should consider the following steps:

1. Complete High School

You aren’t necessarily required to complete your high school education to get an apprenticeship, but many employers prefer candidates who have graduated, especially for electrical trade apprenticeships.

You could also explore options such as school based traineeships that allow you to begin your apprenticeship while completing your schooling.

2. Study a Pre-Apprenticeship

While it’s not a requirement, undertaking a pre-apprenticeship can make you a more desirable candidate.

Ensure your pre-apprenticeship provides a recognised qualification, such as a Certificate II in Electrotechnology (UE22020).

3. Prepare a Resume

Just like any other job, you’ll should submit a resume when applying for your electrical apprenticeship.

Your resume should include any relevant qualifications, skills and experience, which will give employers a better understanding of your qualities.

Don't forget to include relevant non-paid experience and hobbies including sports. This can help demonstrate team work and commitment.

4. Apply for an Electrical Apprenticeship

Finally, apply for an electrical apprenticeship. You may find an apprenticeship directly through local electrical businesses.

Alternatively, you can work with a Group Training Organisation (GTO) like MIGAS. A GTO will coordinate your training, provide support and place you with a host employer where you gain hands-on skills and knowledge about the electrical trade.

Get started by searching our Jobs Board for apprenticeships available now.

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MIGAS Electrical Apprentice

MIGAS Electrical Apprentice, Marlowe, completed his training within the mining sector.


In the spirit of reconciliation, MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.