Sydney Trains Apprentices

Information on Apprenticeships and the recruitment process

Join the team that keeps Sydney moving!

If you’re looking for a rewarding career in a boom industry, there’s never been a better time to join the rail industry. Sydney Trains is the biggest passenger rail operator and maintainer in Australia and is the training ground for the NSW rail industry.

Sydney Trains offers a range of apprenticeships (PDF, 1.05 MB) in the electrical, telecommunications and mechanical engineering trades.

As a Sydney Trains apprentice, you’ll have access to a wealth of experience, a workforce that takes pride in its work, and a culture of collaboration and innovation.

You’ll gain nationally recognised trade qualifications with opportunities to further develop your career post trade.

Our apprentices enjoy the benefits of flexible rosters that promote work/life balance, safe work environments, specialist industry training, and generous salaries.

A Sydney Trains apprenticeship is your opportunity to gain the skills and experience that will set you up for life. 

Find out more about being an apprentice in this video.

When are apprenticeships advertised?

We advertise apprenticeship positions in July on and our apprentices commence in January of the following year. 

Recruitment process

Our process is merit based, taking into account the requirements of the job and the abilities and personal qualities of each applicant. It involves information sessions, job-related aptitude testing, assessment centre exercises, interviews and pre-employment checks. 

Try-a-Trade Days

If you are thinking about an apprenticeship but have never used a power tool, attending a Try-a-Trade Day will build your skills and confidence. You’ll receive hands-on tools training by qualified tradespeople while learning more about the apprenticeship opportunities available at Sydney Trains.

Try-a-Trade Days are offered at various locations around Sydney in the period leading up to the Apprentice Recruitment campaigns.

Try-a-Trade is a joint initiative between Sydney Trains, the Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC), and Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT).

Electrical Pre-apprenticeship Program for Women

Sydney Trains has a genuine commitment to workforce diversity and has introduced some targeted recruitment programs to attract more women to apply for its apprenticeships.

The Electrical Pre-apprenticeship Program for Women (PDF, 996.96 KB) is a 3-week program in collaboration with an external training organisation that offers participants three national units of competency from the Certificate II in Electrotechnology. This program has proven to be very effective in assisting women interested in gaining an electrical apprenticeship. 

We deliver this program in conjunction with a registered training organisation prior to our recruitment campaign commencing each year.

Work Experience Program

Our Work Experience Program (PDF, 83.84 KB) offers opportunities for students to experience the world of work at Sydney Trains and gain a better understanding of the career options available in the rail industry.

You can spend a week with us and learn about:

  • Diesel/Plant mechanics with our Heavy Plant team, which repairs and maintains a large fleet of track maintenance machines 
  • Our Business Studies program which will provide opportunities to gain experience at our training facility at Petersham in a range of office procedures and tasks

Please note that the work experience program is subject to change due to COVID-19 requirements.

Contact us at for enquiries about the program for 2021.

Contact us

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