Gaining a qualification doesn’t necessarily mean you need to head to university or enrol in a college program. Traineeships benefit employers and employees.
A Traineeship allows you to gain a nationally recognised qualification by combining employment and training. You learn new skills in your workplace and you are paid for it! Traineeships provide knowledge and experience relevant to your career and are generally full-time but can also be part-time or even school-based.
A traineeship is an ideal opportunity to become qualified in a particular field as a paid employee in your chosen industry. Not only will you gain skills and experience during practical, on-the-job training but you’ll also achieve nationally recognised qualifications upon completion. You can consider a traineeship as a stepping stone into a fulfilling career while also earning an income.
Perhaps you’re straight out of school, re-entering the workforce after a period of leave, or have just decided you need a career change. Traineeships are offered to anyone of working age, with or without previous qualifications and across a broad range of industries.
Sounds great right? Well here’s a whole list of benefits as to why a traineeship might suit you:
1. Earn an income while you study
A traineeship allows you to work anywhere around Australia and to get paid for learning valuable industry-specific skills.
2. Flexibility to structure the study to suit you
Most traineeships can be undertaken on both a full-time and part-time basis and generally range anywhere from six months to three years to complete.
3. You will come out qualified
Upon completion, you’ll gain qualifications recognised Australia-wide from a Certificate II up to an Advanced Diploma.
4. A good mix of formal training and practical learning
You won’t just be stuck in a classroom or lecture theatre throughout the entire period of your traineeship, as the program combines a mix of formal theoretical learning and practical training in the workplace.
5. Appeal to future employers
Having a qualification and experience within a particular industry makes you an appealing candidate for future positions you may apply for following your traineeship.
6. You will have the same rights as all employees
Whether you’re in a traineeship program or not, all employees have the same rights in the workplace.
It’s not all about you – the trainee – though. Employers also benefit from committing to a traineeship. The flexibility of a traineeship program allows employers to structure the training to suit the needs of their individual business, increasing both the efficiency and productivity of their staff as well as gaining an edge over competitors by having a skilled team.
A traineeship can also be of value to the employer in the following ways:
1. Customise the training to suit the business
Employers can train staff members from within their work environment in areas wherever skills are required, right up to an Advanced Diploma level.
2. Choose the training company that works for you
An employer can select the training organisation, location and employment basis depending on the requirements.
3. Increase employer satisfaction
Supervisors within a business often find they’ve increased the drive, satisfaction and confidence in training staff within their own workplace.
4. Gain motivated staff members
Often trainees are more motivated and invested in their position throughout the traineeship as they gain new skills and put their knowledge into practice.
Gain a funding incentive
By employing a trainee, the company can potentially be eligible for funding incentives designed to encourage employers to offer training opportunities within the workplace.
As you can see, traineeships benefit employers and employees. It’s a win-win for everyone! A qualification can be a big help when you’re looking for a job, but it doesn’t mean you need to go down the traditional route of signing up to a University Degree. Consider combining a real job in an industry you’re interested in, with nationally recognised training when deciding on your future career.