Apprenticeship students are working globally on emerging technology projects through apprenticeship placement programs.
Apprenticeships in Technology are a great way to get a head start in a chosen career. The apprenticeship program involves paid work alongside structured training. Students are immersed directly into the workplace which assists their learning of occupational techniques and industry-specific knowledge. Apprenticeship arrangements enable students’ existing skills and prior experience to be recognised in subjects such as:
- IT General
- IT Testing
- IT Networking
- IT Programming
- Software Development
- Systems Analysis and Design
Who can you work with under an apprenticeship agreement?
So what type of companies or government agencies might you work with under an apprenticeship agreement?
Mrs Anna Reedman, Internal Operations Director of Torquing Group, shares her experiences in hiring apprentices for their UK technology company where students could be part of some exciting new nanotechnology projects.
In her role, Mrs Reedman is responsible for accounting, purchasing & planning. The company has a strong focus on research and development, particularly in their latest product – an autonomous, intelligent, swarming nano drone called Zano. Here is the link to their Kickstarter project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/torquing/zano-autonomous-intelligent-swarming-nano-drone
Mrs Reedman said, “We took on a new member of staff on an apprentice scheme as a laboratory technician, providing an additional pair of hands to the engineers at the office and enrolling in a college course one day a week for two years to learn new skills.”
Apprenticeships work well for trades
A drawback to the apprenticeship study program, Mrs Reedman said was “from our point of view, apprenticeships work well for a trade (plumber, builder, etc. ). However, when it comes to technology, we are developing new ones so quickly that a project will have started and finished before the paperwork for a course is completed and the course begins.”
The company has been looking at strategies to work around this issue so they can continue to offer opportunities and challenges to young students and to those who are looking for a change of career.
“We have been talking to local colleges and government education officials, to see if they can help with changing the way we can provide training to apprentices so that we can still enrol a new employee under that scheme,“ Mrs Reedman said.
Advice for students interested in a technology apprenticeship
In advice to new students hoping to secure an apprenticeship with a technology company, Mrs Reedman said “Keep your mind open, soak up all the knowledge passed onto you and most of all enjoy the experience – as long as you work hard, look forward and are excited about going to work, then you can’t go wrong.”
Check out the Zano
Who is behind Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships?
Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships are delivered through a cooperative arrangement between the:
- Australian Government
- State and Territory Governments
- Industry employers
- Registered Training Organisations
Australian government departments offering an ICT apprenticeship
ICT apprenticeship programs are operating at a broad range of Australian government departments such as the:
- Attorney-General’s Department
- Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
- Australian Federal Police
- Australian Taxation Office
- Bureau of Meteorology (Melbourne)
- Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions,
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Defence – Australian Signals Directorate
- Department of Finance
- Department of Human Services (Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane)
- Department of Veterans Affairs
By Angela Reedman-Polinski