Apprenticeships and traineeships expanded to asylum seekers

Apprenticeships and traineeships expanded to asylum seekersNew policy advice from Apprenticeships Victoria allows us, in certain circumstances, to approve apprenticeships and traineeships for people on temporary visas.

It is now possible for people on refugee and humanitarian visas to undertake apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria. This includes Temporary Protection visas, Safe Haven Enterprise visas and related bridging visas.

To determine eligibility, we will now consider the likelihood of a visa extension or early completion when registering training contracts. We have applied this change to all training contract registrations from 1 January 2021.

Previously, a person who was not an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident was unable to enter into a training contract unless the term of their visa covered the nominal duration of their apprenticeship or traineeship.

As with any apprenticeship or traineeship, the employer of an apprentice or trainee on a temporary visa should discuss an individual's eligibility for government subsidised training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) before employing.

People on refugee or humanitarian visas who wish to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship should contact their local Apprenticeship Network provider:

For more information, see: