Apprentice Program FAQs
Your roster is dependent on your position and location. As an apprentice in NSW, you can expect to work a day shift only; on a Monday – Friday roster in your first 3 years. Start times range between 6-7.30am and days are 8.5 hours in length including a 30-minute meal break. As you move into the 4th year of your Apprenticeship Program, you may be given the option to go on a roster which could encompass night and weekend work. There are a variety of roster patterns available to suit any lifestyle.
As a WesTrac Apprentice, your pay is in accordance with our Product Support Enterprise Agreement. Apprentices are paid as per the Apprentice category set out in the EA and this is determined by age and the year level you are at in your trade. Your pay is deposited fortnightly into your nominated bank account. Apprentices aren’t eligible to receive location allowance.
Once you’ve applied online and met the eligibility criteria (over 16 years old and have legal working rights in Australia) you will receive an online skills test within two weeks of your application. This test can end up in your junk or spam folder so be sure to check these. You will have two weeks to complete the test from the date it was sent to you. This test assesses basic math, literacy, problem solving and logical thinking. You are able to use a calculator and should complete this on your own. To view a full roadmap of our recruitment process click here.
Yes. You will be supplied with uniforms including boots and all PPE that is required for your role. As a WesTrac apprentice, you will also receive a laptop or tablet to complete your online training. You will have access to all of our employee benefits including Fitness Passport and discounted tool box insurance. Overalls are also laundered, free of charge, at most locations.
Yes. Depending on your trade, you will either receive your trade training through the WesTrac Institute NSW (our onsite RTO at Tomago) or through a local TAFE. You will also receive critical safety training and relevant high-risk work licences required to complete the requirements of your role during your apprenticeship.
In NSW/ACT, applications open around May/June for commencement in January of the following year. You must be 16 years or over at the time of commencement to be eligible.
In NSW/ACT, we have more than 40 employees in our Trade Upgrade Program, which continues to grow successfully. WesTrac offers both trade upgrades and dual trade opportunities as required in NSW/ACT. When a Trade Upgrade vacancy becomes available it will be advertised on our careers website.
The application timeline is slightly different each year and varies dependent upon the number of applications. For an intake that opened in May/June, we anticipate successful candidates would receive an offer of employment by September that same year (approx. 3 months in total).
If you are unsuccessful you will be notified formally via email.
You don’t need to have held employment before to be successful in obtaining an apprenticeship. If you haven’t been previously employed, you can tell us about your education, sporting pursuits and hobbies to give us some insight into you as a candidate.
There are typically two apprentice intakes a year with an expectation of apprentices to commence in the months of January and August. Mature age applicants are encouraged to apply
To be eligible for an Apprenticeship you must be 16 at the time of commencement and have legal rights to work within Australia.
The application process takes approximately 3 months, for example; for an intake that has opened in June we would anticipate an offer of employment to the successful candidate by August.
If you’re shortlisted, you will receive an online skills test within the first two weeks of your application. You will have one week to complete the test from the date it was sent to you. This test assesses basic problem solving and logical thinking. Calculators are permitted during the assessment and must be completed without support.
No, to be successful in obtaining an apprenticeship you do not need prior employment.
Your roster is dependent on your position and site location. 1st year apprentices can work varied rosters including but not limited to; day shift, afternoon shift or night shift. As a 3rd and 4th year apprentice, you may have the opportunity for site rotation depending on your training outcomes. There are a variety of FIFO roster patterns depending on your location.
Yes. As an apprentice you will be supplied with all the necessary PPE including; 2 x Shirts, 2 x Trousers, 1 x Polo Shift, 7 x Overalls (laundered by WesTrac) and 1 pair of boots. Any other PPE requirements such as prescription glasses can be ordered if necessary.
Yes. As an apprentice you will receive tooling at a discounted cost on commencement. Tooling is optional, if you choose to have tooling a payment arrangement can be put in place for the duration of your Apprenticeship.
Yes. You will receive your trade training through the WesTrac Institute WA or through an external Register Training Organisation (RTO) depending on your chosen trade. You will also receive critical safety training and relevant high-risk work licences required to complete the requirements of your role during your apprenticeship.
WesTrac offers both trade upgrades and dual trade opportunities in WA. When a Trade Upgrade vacancy becomes available it will be advertised on our careers website.
If your application is unsuccessful you will be notified formally via email or phone.