Australian apprenticeships offer a different experience of education to that of University or TAFE. When you do an apprenticeship you will receive a combination of education and on the job training in an industry of your choice.
An apprenticeship will give you a nationally recognised qualification and skills that will provide the basis for further training as your career progresses. Other benefits of an apprenticeship include:
- A great way to get a head start in your chosen field
- A combination of training that can be one the job, off the job or a combination of both
- A pathway from school to work, or a fresh start if you are re-entering the workforce or wanting to take a different direction
- ‘Competency based’ which means that you complete the training sooner if you reach the desired skill level
- A chance to earn some money while learning important skills
Apprenticeships are available in over 500 different occupations, in industries including:
- Agriculture, horticulture and related industries
- Building and construction
- Public services
- Metals and engineering
- Information technology
- Community services and health
Depending on the industry, your apprenticeship will run for between one and four years.
The Pathways to Australian Apprenticeships website has more information.
It’s all cool if you’re in school
You can work towards obtaining your apprenticeship through the Australian School-based Apprenticeships program – all the while completing your secondary school certificate.
Students can undertake a combination of secondary school subjects, paid work and vocational (workplace) training undertaken on or off the job.
Check out a factsheet at www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au and speak to your schools careers advisor about opportunities available.
Australian Curriculum Links:
Work Studies/Year 9/Career and life design: Career development and management
Recognise the importance of self-awareness in career and life design.