Imagine being able to gain expert training and guidance in your career of choice, while earning a weekly income and building up valuable hours towards a nationally recognized qualification. Now, imagine doing all of that while still working toward your senior secondary school certificate. That’s what an Australian Apprenticeship can offer you.
What is an Australian Apprenticeship?
Australian Apprenticeships is a Government sponsored initiative designed to allow a person to train and study on the job while getting paid. Australian Apprenticeships offer the following advantages:
- They are available to all working age people
- Year 11 and 12 students can begin an apprenticeship while still at school
- They are available in a range of occupations, trades and qualification levels
- Apprenticeships may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis
- All apprenticeships lead to a nationally recognised qualification
- You earn as you learn
Apprenticeship or Traineeship?
There are two key differences between an apprentice and a trainee. Apprentices are trained in skilled trades such as plumbing, cabinet-making and automotive engineering. When their training is complete the apprentice will become a skilled tradesperson.
A trainee undergoes training in a vocational area, such as hospitality or office administration. Successful completion sees the trainee receiving a Certificate II or higher in their area of training.
How Can I Get Involved?
Australian Apprenticeships bring the worlds of work, school and training together under one umbrella. By combining classroom work, on the job training and paid work practice you are able to get a foot hold on your career of choice while still working towards your senior secondary school certificate.Your careers advisor and teachers can provide guidance on which of the over 500 career apprenticeships and traineeships are best suited to your talents and abilities.
Even though you are still at school, you’ll still need to prepare a resume when you apply for your apprenticeship. Here’s what it should include:
- Your contact details
- Your Year 11 and 12 subjects
- Your major academic achievements
- Any work experience
- Two references from non-family members
- Your hobbies, skills and career goals
Once you have made your resume as polished as possible, your careers advisor will help you to locate potential employers. They may direct you to a local Australian Apprenticeship Centre during this process. Applying to an apprenticeship is just like applying for any job. You will be interviewed for the position, during which time you must convince the employer that you will be an asset to them.
How Much Will I Earn?
Apprenticeship rates differ depending on the length of the apprenticeship and how much training the apprentice has already completed. Apprentice and trainee payments can only be made if there is a formal contract in place with the employer.
You can check out the pay rate that will apply to your specific situation by entering your details on PayCheck Plus (http://paycheck.fwo.gov.au/PayCheckPlus.aspx)
Once the apprenticeship is completed, you will be paid the tradesperson’s rate for that occupation.
What Other Support is Available?
The first couple of years of an Australian Apprenticeship can be tough going financially, especially for school leavers. Fortunately, the Government have a range of initiatives to help ease the pressure at this early stage of your career. These include:
- A youth allowance for 16-24 year-olds
- ABSTUDY which is open to Indigenous Australian apprentices
- Personal benefits for school-based apprentices undertaking training at Certificate 11 and above level qualifications
Incentive payments are also available to employers who hire school-based apprentices.
Where Can I Find Out More?
Your school careers advisor should be your first port of call. You can also visit your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre or use our contact form for direct, customised information from right here at training.com,au!