National Apprenticeships Program supporting Defence Veterans and their families seeking an Adult Apprenticeships


Transitioning out of the Forces?

East Coast Apprenticeships has developed and conducts the Defence Trade Program (DTP) offering support to veterans and their families seeking a trade career. For some veterans, alternate career paths may be offered for consideration outside of trades.


DTP advises on vocational training and is linked to a large network of employers and stakeholders, offering individualised, relevant and timely support and guidance to veterans.


Outside of group training there are few other 'hands-on' organisations that can match this level of employer and business network support.


East Coast Apprenticeships has engaged with over 360 veterans, profiles and Individual Transition Plans are created and developed following a one-on-one interview with Chief Executive Officer Alan Sparks, AM, BEM (LTCOL (R).

During your initial discussion with Alan, you will be asked to provide details of your experiences, skills and talents along with your current circumstances and the trade you are interested in.  You will be advised on how to prepare for entry into the career you have chosen.  This  may often require you to complete an apprenticeship.


Some sectors favour the completion of prevocational training such as the Certificate II Electrotechnology or our unique Defence Intake Program delivered by TAFE Queensland for carpentry, cabinetmaking, and shop fitting.


You will be linked to a dedicated Branch of East Coast Apprenticeships or referred to another Group Training Organisation if you settle outside of our operational footprint. This extends to those settling in another State.


East Coast Apprenticeships extends this support to family members of the veteran and Legacy sons and daughters of veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.


The most popular trades currently trending with veterans are:

  • Electrical
  • Carpenter
  • Cabinet Making
  • Diesel Fitter
  • Plumber
To register, simply send your resume to [email protected] or call us on 07 3881 3166 to find out more about the Defence Trade Program.



Opportunities for Ex-Defence Personnel