How to start an apprenticeship

Start an apprenticeship from your current job working in a trade, or directly from school. You need a current job in your trade of choice and a driver licence. There are no other entry requirements – although it helps to have some background knowledge, work experience and your own transport. A pre-trade qualification can be helpful but it's often not necessary.

Find out what you need to do to become an apprentice with BCITO.

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The first step is to find a job

You need a job to start an apprenticeship – whether you're looking for a new career, looking to get your skills recognised with a qualifications, or fresh out of school. Start by checking out our employment tips, or complete our work profile formso we can help match you with a suitable employer. Previous work experience helps – if you're close to finishing school, find some part-time work in a construction-related industry.

Listen to BCITO apprentices talk about how they got started in their careers.

Get your driver licence

Your boss may need you to go down to the store to buy nails, or fetch milk for smoko. A restricted is generally fine to begin with – being able to back up a trailer will earn you brownie points too. It's crucial that once you’ve got your driver licence you keep it clean. Learn more about how to get a driver licence.

Sign up with BCITO

Once you’ve got a job, take in as much as you can and work hard. Contact BCITO when you're ready to sign up for an apprenticeship and your boss says it's okay. We’ll get the paperwork sorted so you can take the first step towards becoming a qualified professional.

Starting from secondary school

Subjects like design technology, English and maths will come in handy if you're considering a career in the building and construction industry. It's important to get your literacy and numeracy credits, although there are support programmes to gain these later if necessary.

If you’re in Year 11 or 12, learn useful skills by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme. The Gateway programme is also a good starting point, if your school offers it.