Apprenticeships and traineeships are available in more than 500 occupations in Australia. They span everything from traditional trades to a diverse range of established and emerging industries. If your child falls into one of the following categories, an apprenticeship or traineeship could be a great next step.
They are looking to gain some work experience
Apprenticeships and traineeships allow students to gain work experience in their desired field, while getting paid for their time and effort. They receive the same entitlements as other employees, including annual leave, sick leave, public holidays and breaks. Apprentices are also paid for the time they spend at off-the-job training usually one day a week or extended week-long blocks' of training.
They are looking for practical training
In addition to on-the-job training, apprentices and trainees work towards a nationally recognised qualification from the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. VET courses focus on teaching practical, hands-on skills for the workplace and are delivered at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), such as TAFE institute or private college.
They are looking to qualify for a trade occupation
If your child has a trade career in their sights, an apprenticeship will be on their radar at some point. These programs are the standard entry pathway for skilled trades such as plumbing, carpentry, hairdressing, bricklaying and automotive, and usually take around three to four years. For those still at school, a school-based apprenticeship allows students to get a head start on their training while they complete their senior secondary certificate.
They are looking for a pathway to further study
While apprenticeships allow students to become a qualified tradesperson, traineeships offered in everything from business, hospitality and tourism to early childhood education and care, nursing and interactive digital media are a great way for students to sample a field of study or work before they commit to a lengthier tertiary qualification. Some institutions may even offer credit for studies completed at VET level.