Whether you are looking to become a qualified tradesperson or want to gain hands-on experience in an area of interest, an apprenticeship or traineeship can provide a great pathway to your chosen career. 

Not all students will transition into tertiary study on completion of their studies at Casey Grammar School and that is OK! In fact, a qualified tradesperson can earn great money, with recent data suggesting that the average qualified tradesperson's wage (across all trades) is $90,246.55. This compares favourably with average Australian wage of $1635 a week (gross) for a full time worker (Australian Bureau of Statistics, May 2019). 

Four (4) advantages of an apprenticeship/traineeship

  1. You earn while you learn Apprenticeships and traineeships combine paid work with training, meaning you earn money while completing your qualification. 
  2. You can choose from a wide variety of interests There are more than 500 training opportunities on offer to apprentices and trainees, in areas such as agriculture, automotive, building and construction, business, food, hairdressing, information technology, and sport and recreation. Apprenticeships allow students to become qualified in a skilled trade, while traineeships offer vocational training in a range of different fields. 
  3. Training is flexible Apprenticeships and traineeships can be completed full time or part time and there is no set period of time allocated to training. Instead, training is competency-based, meaning you finish your training once you have reached a certain skill level. Apprenticeships usually take between three to four years to complete; traineeships, on the other hand, usually last anywhere between six months and three years. 
  4. You will receive a nationally recognised qualification In addition to practical work experience, apprentices and trainees also work towards gaining a nationally recognised VET qualification. This training is delivered at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), such as a TAFE institute or private college. 

For current Year 12’s who are looking at an apprenticeship/traineeship in 2020, it is time to be proactive. Reach out to your networks (i.e. family, friends and teammates). Let them know you are looking for an apprenticeship/traineeship. Ensure that your resume is up to date and you have a cover letter that can be customised; depending on the employer you are applying to. I would similarly encourage you to engage with group training organisations and Australian Apprenticeship Support Network’s (AASN), for example, MEGT, Sarina Russo and AGA – Apprenticeships Plus. 

For non-Year 12 students who are thinking of an apprenticeship/traineeship in the future, I would encourage you/them to come and speak to me to discuss how we can best prepare them for the transition from CGS to an apprenticeship/traineeship in the future. There are options for get a head start on future training before graduating. 

Top 20 most needed jobs (Seek) 

COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected the labour market, with significant impacts on particular industries including retail, hospitality and travel. recently released an article, which highlighted ‘Australia’s most needed jobs’. Huge pressure on the healthcare system and a growth in parcel delivery/logistics has contributed to a shift in the role/s that are needed in Australia, at this time. This type of data/information is important as it supports our students to make informed career pathway decisions based on predicted industries of growth. 

For further information re the ‘most needed jobs’, visit this link

VTAC date/s – quick reference guide 

For current Year 12 students & parents/guardians, I would encourage you to visit the VTAC website for an updated list of important date/s. Click here for further information.

Mrs Sarah Blythman

Head of Careers and Student Pathways