The Global Apprenticeship Network Australia with support from GAN New Zealand, EJTC Canada and GTEXpro are offering current Australian 2nd ,3rd and 4th year apprentices over the age of 18 the opportunity to participate in a 4-week exchange program to Canada, New Zealand or Switzerland to broaden your trade knowledge, skills and experience.

Our Apprentice Exchange Program is a life-changing international experience that can take your career to new heights!

This unique program offers the chance to learn new skills and gain invaluable real-world experience through international trade training schools and workplaces. By participating in this program, you’ll have the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, explore new subjects, and deepen your understanding of familiar skills.

This experience will give you a competitive edge in your future career and help you make lifelong connections with fellow apprentices from around the world. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to broaden your horizons and achieve your dreams. Apply now for the Apprentice Exchange Program!

As a participant in our Apprentice Exchange Program, you’ll have the opportunity to travel overseas and gain invaluable real-world experience!

While you won’t be paid during the exchange program (due to international visa requirements stating it as a “study tour”), your employer and/or GAN Australia will cover expenses, including travel, accommodation, insurance, and training, up to an estimated value of $10,000 per exchange.

In exchange for this incredible opportunity, we do ask that you take annual leave or leave without pay to participate overseas, and that you share your experiences with others both during and after the exchange.

Proposed Itinerary

Please note that the exact itinerary for your Apprentice Exchange Program must be finalised prior to your departure from Australia. The activities and schedule will vary depending on the location, trade industry, and timing of the exchange program. Our team will work with you to create a personalised itinerary that maximizes your learning experience and provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the trade industry in your host country.

Week 1

The first week of our Apprentice Exchange Program will be spent at a trade training center, where you’ll receive comprehensive training in OH&S and basic trade skills. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect:

  • Day 1: Meet the staff and get acquainted with the training center.
  • Day 2-4: Work closely with the training center staff to gain a deep understanding of the local trade industry and undertake basic trade training alongside other apprentices.
  • Day 5: Meet local employers and contractor partners and get introduced to the industry. This immersive experience will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your host country’s trade industry.

Weeks 2 & 3

You’ll have the opportunity to tour job sites and training centers, gaining valuable insights and experience in the trade industry. Additionally, participants assigned to contractor partners or employers will receive on-the-job training and job shadowing on industrial job sites. This hands-on experience will give you a comprehensive understanding of the industry and help you develop the skills you need to succeed in your career.

Week 4

During the final week of the the Apprentice Exchange Program you you can expect to: • Meet with commercial employers and visit larger-scale job sites for a firsthand look at the industry. • Embark on self-exploration of the country, including sightseeing and other cultural experiences. • Continue to develop your skills and gain knowledge through additional training opportunities. • Reflect on your study tour and create a short report, presentation, or video to share your experiences with others.

This program is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the trade industry in your host country, as well as an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Apply now for the International Apprentice Exchange Program and embark on a life-changing journey!

Expression of Interest

What year level are you at?
Which country would you like to visit for the exchange?
Are you 18 years of age or older?
Do you have a valid passport?
Do you have approval from your employer?
Are you able to take 4 weeks annual or unpaid leave to attend the exchange program?