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Automotive Industry Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Applications for the 2016 Pre-apprenticeship Programs have now closed.  Applications for any programs in 2017 will be announced in the website and the Facebook page.


Fact Sheet

What is the Automotive Industry Pre-Apprenticeship Program?


The Automotive Industry Pre-Apprenticeship Program aims to provide persons interested in an automotive trade career the practical skills that will assist them to gain an automotive trade apprenticeship.

The program involves 5 weeks at TAFE Queensland South West’s Toowoomba campus where the focus will be on providing accredited training that will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to successfully undertake an apprenticeship with a local automotive industry employer.

Harnessing its network of local host employers, Golden West Apprenticeship will work to secure ongoing apprenticeships for participants who successfully complete the program. While there is no guarantee of an apprenticeship at the completion of the program, Golden West Apprenticeships is committed to securing positions for participants who successfully complete the program.

The total commitment is 5 weeks.

Who is eligible?

The program is targeting those persons who are committed to securing an automotive trade apprenticeship but who may benefit from the skills and experience provided. It is ideal for school leavers or others with limited or no experience.

Prospective students must meet the following criteria for eligibility:
  • Not hold or currently undertaking Certificate level III or higher qualification. This does not include certificate III level qualifications completed while at secondary school.
  • Be 15 years of age or older
  • Have finished secondary school or have left school
  • Be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident residing in Queensland or a New Zealand Citizen permanently residing in Queensland.

As part of the selection of participants, Golden West Apprenticeships will be looking for those persons who will commit to the program requirement of attending TAFE training.
A Code of Conduct outlines the expectations of program participants.
A driver’s licence and vehicle is preferred.


How much does it cost?

This program is partially funded under the Queensland Government’s Department of Employment and Training Industry Pre-apprenticeship program and Certificate 3 Guarantee program.

Participants will need to meet travel costs of their transport and incidentals (meals, etc.)


When will the program start?

The Automotive Industry Pre-Apprenticeship Program is scheduled to commence on 13 July 2015 at the TAFE Queensland South West Toowoomba Campus (Bridge Street).


Will participation affect Centrelink Benefits and Activity Test/Participation Requirements?

Contact should be made with Centrelink for further information: www.humanservices.gov.au


What is the application process?

Interested persons are asked to register their interest (including lodging their resume) at www.goldenwest.org.au/job-vacancies by 15 June 2015.

All applications will be reviewed with interviews conducted where appropriate.
All applicants will be advised the outcome of their application.

Who is Golden West Apprenticeships?

Golden West Apprenticeships is a government recognised group training organisation that has been operating across the Darling Downs and southern and western Queensland for 26 years.

We employ apprentices and trainees across most industries and ‘host’ them through our network of businesses and employers. Golden West Apprenticeships will be using this network to secure apprenticeships for program participants.

Golden West Apprenticeships provides a complete and hassle free service for the recruitment and employment of apprentices and trainees including recruitment, induction, payment of wages, superannuation and training, as well as ongoing monitoring and support.

Further information

Enquiries can be emailed to: pap@goldenwest.org.au or telephone to 1300 650 775.

An Information session will also be held as part of the selection process.

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