Learning an automotive trade with the MTA WA's Automotive Institute of Technology is a great way to fast track your career.  We're the only training organisation backed by the WA automotive industry and we'll give you job-ready skills.  This section will answer some of the questions students frequently ask us.

What's the difference between an apprenticeship, traineeship or pre-apprenticeship?


Apprenticeships combine practical experience at work with structured training from a registered training organisation such as the Automotive Institute of Technology.  Apprentices are employed either by the business they work for or a Group Training Organisation. An apprenticeship gives you valuable work experience and the opportunity to develop the skills required for a particular trade. An apprenticeship is a structured programme and usually takes between 42 to 48 months to complete.


Traineeships are usually in non trade areas. A traineeship is a training agreement between you and your employer that combines practical work experience with on-site training from a Registered Training Organisation such as the Automotive Institute of Technology. During a traineeship you will gain the basic knowledge and skills required in a particular industry. A traineeship usually takes between 9 to 24 months to complete.

Pre Apprenticeships

Our pre-apprenticeship program gives you the opportunity to gain a realistic expectation of the work involved in a particular trade and develop basic trade skills. A pre-apprenticeship typically takes six months and could help you secure an apprenticeship. What you've learnt during your pre-apprenticeship will also provide credit towards completing your apprenticeship.

How can I find an employer for my apprenticeship?

To begin with, completing an apprenticeship is an employment based training option. This means the first thing you need to do is find an employer who will take you on for the duration of your apprenticeship.  Finding an employer is like searching for any job-but here are a few suggestions to get you started.

  • Talk to the Group Training Organisation at MTA WA's Automotive Institute of Technology - we'll find a host employer for you. 
  • Ask friends, family and neighbours- many apprenticeships are filled by word of mouth and your own network is the best place to start.
  • Search on-line jobs boards like seek.com.au, careerone.com.au and the Department of Training and Workforce Development jobs board.
  • Look in the classified section of papers and look up businesses in the Yellow pages and get in touch with them.
  • Create a one page resume and walk around asking employers if they have any vacancies available

Getting paid to work and learn

When you're an apprentice you get paid to learn! You'll receive a weekly wage based on the standard Award rate. 

Tuition fees vary depending upon your course of study. For more information please refer to the MTA WA/AIT Fee Structure document below.

MTA WA/AIT Fee Structure

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