How to Become an Apprentice

Aug 17, in Hints & Tips

Okay, so you want to prepare for a great career by taking on an apprenticeship but don’t know the first thing about how to become an apprentice? Well, don’t worry because here is a quick and easy step-by-step guide on how to become an apprentice.

Step 1: Choose Your Apprenticeship

One of the important things that you should know about on how to become an apprentice is that you should choose the right apprenticeship or traineeship that best suits you. Find something that you love working on or, at least, are comfortable starting your career in. If cooking is your passion, don’t start an IT apprenticeship because someone told you to. Find the career path that you would like to work in not only now but also in the future.

Step 2: Find an Employer

Once you’ve decided on the apprenticeship that you want, you should then look for an employer who will hire you for the duration of your apprenticeship. There are two ways that you can go about to become an apprentice at this point: you can either be employed directly by a business or you can be employed by a Group Training Organisation (GTO).

When you are employed by a business, your employer will pay your wages and train you with the help of a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) such as TAFE. You will have to find the employer and apply for the job opening yourself.

However, if you decide to be employed by a Group Training Organisation, the GTO will be the one responsible in placing you with different employers and businesses so you can gain experience. Your GTO will also be the one paying your wages instead of the employers. Also, your GTO will provide you training with the supervision of a RTO.

Step 3: Decide on Your Training Provider

If you find an apprenticeship direct through an employer, then you will need to sign a training contract with your employer. To do this you will need the help of an Australian Apprenticeships Centre. If you find your apprenticeship through a Group Training Organisation, they are effectively your employer and you will need to sign a training contract with them. The GTO will prepare all the paperwork, contracts and deal with all of the administration for you.

You and your employer will also need to choose a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that will help you with your offsite training throughout your apprenticeship.

Step 4: Take the First Steps

After all of the paperwork, much of the success of your apprenticeship depends on your performance during the Probation Period. This period isn’t just the time when the employer decides on whether you are a good addition to their team, it is also the time to show your employer and yourself that you’ve made the right decision choosing this or that particular apprenticeship.

Follow these easy steps, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying a fruitful career doing something that you love.