Earn while you learn with East Coast Apprenticeships

Browse our range of apprenticeship categories and find the right trade for you


Building & Construction

Electrotechnology & Electricity Supply


Furnishing & Craftworkers





Printing & Graphic Arts

Textile, Clothing & Footwear

Ready to kick start your career?

A paid apprenticeship with East Coast Apprenticeships gives you the opportunity to earn an income whilst you work your way towards completing a nationally recognised qualification (generally at a  Certificate III level or above)

By successfully completing an apprenticeship, you will gain invaluable practical skills and knowledge, establish your own industry connections, and lay the foundation for a lifetime of enhanced earning potential and promising career prospects within your chosen skilled trade.

We welcome the diversity that all age groups bring to our workforce and assess all applications individually on their own merit. We currently support individuals in traineeships from a number of diverse backgrounds, including:

  • High school students in years 10, 11 and 12
  • Recent school leavers
  • Adult applicants
  • Individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
    Women. Learn more about our Females in Trades Program, which aims to encourage and empower women to pursue apprenticeships in traditionally male-dominated fields
  • Defence force veterans. Explore our Defence Trade Program, designed to support veterans in transitioning to civilian careers through apprenticeships.

Work while you study 

East Coast Apprenticeships combines both theory and practical on-site skills learning. Our approach is to directly employ potential apprentices such as yourself by placing you with ‘Host Employers’ which are usually local, small to medium sized businesses. You will work and train under the supervision of an experienced tradesperson upon placement with a Host Employer.  This combined approach ensures a well-rounded apprenticeship experience that prepares you for a successful career in your desired trade


Whilst you are working on-site, you will earn an hourly wage. Your wages will depend on several factors, such as your age and your level of education. Your wages may increase with each completed year of your apprenticeship.

Work hours 

As an apprentice, the number of hours you can expect to work per week can vary depending on the specific apprenticeship and the requirements of your host employer. In most cases, apprenticeships involve full-time work, which typically amounts to around 38 to 40 hours per week.

However, there are also part-time and school-based apprenticeship delivery modes, where the weekly working hours may be reduced. The exact hours will depend on the arrangement between you, your host employer, and the apprenticeship program.

Study hours

In addition to your paid practical work, you will need to attend classroom lessons for 1 or 2 week periods 2-3 times throughout the year. These lessons will take place at one of our recommended/approved Supervising Registered Training Organisations (SRTOs). SRTOs can include TAFE colleges and institutes, adult and community education providers as well as other relevant industry organisations. 

Successfully passing these theory modules is necessary to obtain your apprenticeship qualification.

The team at East Coast will help you coordinate your training schedule and monitor your progress throughout your apprenticeship. This approach ensures that you receive the necessary guidance and resources to excel in your chosen trade.


The duration of an apprenticeship can vary depending on various factors, including the type of apprenticeship, the level of qualification, and the specific industry requirements. In general, traineeships typically take 3 – 4 years. Duration differences arise when considering full-time, part-time, and school-based apprenticeships.

Enrolment costs 

There are no costs involved in being employed as an East Coast apprentice – instead you get paid for your on-site work.

Student fees may apply for the enrolment in the necessary theory modules and to attend classes at your designated SRTO. However, upon successful completion of these modules, you will be fully reimbursed for all fees. 

Financial help/loans are available for you to be able to purchase any necessary tools and equipment required to complete on-site work. Click to learn more about the Australian Apprentice Training Support Payment.

Enrolment criteria

There are different criteria between different apprenticeships, so please check the details of your preferred apprenticeship. Sound literacy and numeracy skills are usually a minimum requirement. 

For all apprenticeships, you must be an Australian citizen/resident or hold an appropriate visa that allows you to work in Australia for the duration of the apprenticeship. 

Why choose East Coast Apprenticeships? 

East Coast Apprenticeships is a community-based, not for profit organisation which has been in operation since 1988. We take pride in our workmanship and strive for a reputation of integrity and providing the highest level of guidance and support to all our apprentices and trainees.

As one of Queensland’s largest Group Training Organisations we are more likely to be able to rotate you to different employers during your traineeship, giving you a wider range of workplace experiences. We also offer a unique service of “Pastoral Care” to apprentices and trainees. The value of Pastoral Care offered to students is that they are nurtured and supported by experienced Field Officers. Click here to read more about our Pastoral Care policy.

Have a question about our apprenticeship programs? 

If you’d like more information, simply fill out the form on this page. Or give us a call on 07 3881 3166. We will be happy to help. 

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