Victorian programs and initiatives

Apprenticeships Victoria (AV) is here to enable real and rewarding apprenticeships and traineeships for all Victorians. As a new division within the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions, Apprenticeships Victoria represents a partnership between the Victorian Government, major project employers and the TAFE and training system. 

We are proud of the programs and initiatives we oversee in the course of supporting apprentices, trainees, employers, teachers and other stakeholders in the apprenticeship system.

Current programs and initiatives include:

Big Build Apprenticeships

Big Build Apprenticeships offer apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities on some of Victoria’s biggest infrastructure, road and rail projects.

Apprentice Innovation Fund

The $8 million fund supports new approaches to the apprenticeship and traineeship model – with a focus on female participation – undertaken in partnership with industry and unions.

Head Start 

A new and flexible approach to apprenticeships and traineeships for school students that allows them to spend more time doing valuable, paid, on-the-job training while completing VCE or VCAL.

Learn and earn initiatives

Includes the Job Ready Pathways Project, designed to build the job-readiness of traditionally under-represented workers from diverse and marginalised backgrounds. Plus Women OnSite, aimed at delivering more opportunities for women in male-dominated trades.

Independent assessment trials

Supports the quality of training by trialling independent assessments in a range of Victorian apprenticeships and traineeships.