Apprenticeships can be the best way to get into some career paths. If you are interested in a trade, an apprenticeship can get you on the job experience immediately, as well as making sure you get paid (although on a lower rate than when you finish your apprenticeship) while you study. Some of the jobs that can be great do apprenticeships for include being an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter or a mechanic.
There are a number of ways to do apprenticeships at different times and through different sources. For example, you can do a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) through your VCE or VCAL certificate at school. This will mean you will split time between study at school, doing training with a registered organisation and also working for an employer. You can also do an apprenticeship after you finish Year 12, which is what some employers are looking for.
It can sometimes be challenging to find an apprenticeship, so make sure you ask your teachers for help (if you’re in school), and also remember to ask around your networks. Family friends who own a business can be great to approach if you are needing an apprenticeship, but don’t forget the other connections you have through sporting clubs and other activities you are part of. Once again, it pays to be friendly and polite to everyone as you never know when or where an opportunity will come up!