Apprenticeships are a great way to combine structured training and paid employment. You can begin while you’re still at school finishing Years 11 and 12 or if you haven’t that’s fine too. You don’t need a secondary school certificate or other qualification to start on apprenticeship.
As an apprentice you have the opportunity to earn an income while you are learning your trade. You will combine full time work with either part time, workplace based or block release study, depending on your employer’s needs. When you finish your apprenticeship, you will have a nationally recognised qualification that can take you anywhere in Australia and in many overseas countries as well.
Apprenticeship Network Providers
Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANPs) provide one-stop shops for those seeking to take up an Australian Apprenticeship as a career path.
Step 1: Preparation and research
Figure out what trade you are interested in, do research on job opportunities and write or update your resume.
A pre-apprenticeship is a great way to get a taste of a trade and see if you would like to continue with.
Step 2: Job hunting
Start applying for jobs through networking with people you know, online or via Job Services Australia providers.
Step 3: Sign up
Once you’ve found an employer, your employer needs to contact an ANP to organise signing a training apprenticeship contract. Select Bendigo TAFE as your preferred training provider to get started. Contact Centrelink and enquire about getting a Health Care Card, then you your course fees are further subsidised.
Visit the DEECD apprenticeship and traineeship website for detailed information about training types and industries, wages and financial assistance.