Australian Apprenticeships: an important learning pathway for young people
What are Australian Apprenticeships?
Australian Apprenticeships (often referred to as apprenticeships and traineeships) are a great career option. They combine practical work with structured training to give you a nationally recognised qualification and the experience you need to get the job you want.
Training is flexible and can be on the job, off the job or a combination of both. Australian Apprenticeships are available at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations, including traditional trades and a wide range of emerging industry sectors.
You don’t have to wait until you leave school to get started. Australian School-based Apprenticeships are available at many schools, giving students the option of starting their training while still at school.
What are pre-apprenticeships?
A pre-apprenticeship is a pathway into an Australian Apprenticeship that can kick-start your career in your chosen industry. They give you the opportunity to experience a working environment, gain practical experience and develop your skills. Completing a pre-apprenticeship means you can see if you enjoy working in a particular industry, which can help you to make career and training decisions.
A pre-apprenticeship combines on-campus or school study with practical on-the-job training. You can study a pre-apprenticeship while you are still at school. A pre-apprenticeship is usually shorter and at a lower qualification level than an apprenticeship. They can give you credit towards an Australian Apprenticeship, which gives you a competitive advantage when you are looking for employers to take you on as an apprentice.
Patrick’s rapid rise to business owner
The Australian Apprenticeships pathway was not immediately obvious to Patrick Janes.
Despite growing up on a farm and being taught to weld by his father at age 10, the 2013 Australian Apprentice of the Year initially assumed he would study at university after school.
The decision to complete an Australian School-based Apprenticeship as a teenager was a pivotal moment for the now 24 year old.
Patrick’s Australian School-based Apprenticeship was a lead-in to his Australian Apprenticeship, a Certificate III in Engineering — Fabrication Trade, which he finished in 2012 ahead of schedule.
“I always enjoyed making things with my hands and completing my School-based Apprenticeship made my future much clearer,” Patrick said.
“I loved the style of learning a skill at trade school and then applying it to real work situations straight away, while still being in school.”
The Ballarat resident completed his training for his Australian Apprenticeship through the University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia) while employed with W.R & R.J Hunter Pty Ltd General Construction Engineers.
Patrick’s employer was so impressed with his enthusiasm, skills and dedication that he sold the business to him.
Patrick is aiming to provide similar opportunities and learning experiences to his own Australian Apprentice in the near future.
“The great thing about an apprenticeship is that you really can turn your hobby into a career,” he said.
“If you love what you are doing then it is easy to get out of bed in the morning.”
To find out more about Australian Apprenticeships, visit www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au or phone 13 38 73.