There’s a lot of information out there about apprenticeships and traineeships, and a lot of it is outdated or untrue.
You may think that apprenticeships are only for school leavers or for people interested in working outside, but there’s a lot more to the process than that. Check out these five common myths about being an apprentice or trainee.
Myth Number One
Doing a university degree will make you more employable than doing a traineeship or apprenticeship.
There are a number of industries where completing an apprenticeship or traineeship will make you more employable than a university degree. On-the-job training can be the most important element of learning.
If you are interested in completing a degree, completing an apprenticeship can act as an entry to fast track you into a degree, but that doesn’t mean that an advanced apprenticeship or traineeship can’t stand alone. You can also choose to complete “degree apprenticeships”, which allow you to work a full-time job in the relevant field at the same time as studying part-time. To find out more about apprenticeships vs. traineeships and how they can benefit you, click here.
Many manual industries would rather you have an apprenticeship because it means you’ll have actual work experience in the industry, as well as having a more detailed understanding of common corporate culture and traditions than university graduates. There are also a number of apprenticeship schemes that may support you throughout your traineeship or apprenticeship, including the advanced apprenticeship process. No matter what your age , apprenticeships and traineeships are for everyone – not just people who didn’t get a high ATAR and are unable to complete more formal higher education – a common belief among many.
Apprenticeship participation can be an alternative route to university, but they can also lead independently to a successful career. An electrical apprenticeship, plumbing apprenticeship or
childcare traineeship are all examples of high-quality training that may be more beneficial than a university degree.
Myth Number Two
The only people who complete traineeships are young people who are recent school leavers.
This is one of the biggest apprenticeship myths out there. A mature age apprenticeship is a great option to re-skill or retrain, and can be a fantastic step in your career pathway. VET courses, apprenticeships and traineeships can all complete your training to a degree level and are offered a multitude or training providers all over the country. For further information about mature age apprenticeships, click here.
Regardless of how old you are or your level of previous training, skilled employment is always valued, so undertaking a traineeship or apprenticeship may suit you.
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Myth Number Three
Apprentices or Trainees don’t have to be paid national minimum wage.
This is another of those common myths that are just straight wrong. Australian apprenticeships and traineeships require that you be paid for your time. While you may not be paid the award rate, you must be paid the minimum wage, and many companies choose to pay the award rate or above to encourage apprentices and trainees to choose their company in a labour market that has a skills shortage in a number of apprentice-based industries. For more information about how much you should be paid, click here.
Myth Number Four
Apprenticeships and traineeships are old fashioned and only for people interested in manual labour.
When people think of apprentices, the image that comes to mind is often a 1950’s style bricklaying apprentice, but that’s really not the case. Apprenticeships and traineeships are at a record high, especially in light of the skills shortage currently being experienced. This has seen a sudden spike in electrician apprenticeships and others to be a popular option, as apprenticeship schemes become more and more common. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of professions and industries and are constantly being updated and in demand.
Myth Number Five
There is no financial or emotional support for apprentices.
The days of apprentices being expected to work 14 hour days without compensation and being treated terribly are over. The Institute for Apprenticeships protect and help guide both learners and companies from being taken advantage of, including looking at traineeship wages and the apprenticeship wage and helps to connect similar individuals so that you can find the best apprenticeship for you. Even if you chose to complete your apprenticeship overseas, there are services like the national apprenticeship service in the UK that will protect you. And while we do not have an apprenticeship levy like the UK in order to encourage companies to consider taking on apprentices, there are a number of schemes that encourage businesses to hire apprentices.
Traineeships and apprenticeships can be the best way for you to get on the job learning that can result in a formal qualification.
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