What is an Apprenticeship?

Sep 5, in Employer Help, Hints & Tips

Have you recently left school or looking for a career change? Have you had a look into your options and come across various apprenticeship programs? But are you still left wondering, what is an apprenticeship? Here we go through exactly what is involved in an apprenticeship.

An apprenticeship is a hands-on experience in a technical trade or vocation that helps guide you through that career path and end with a nationally recognise qualification. An apprenticeship combines formal training from a registered training organisation (such as TAFE) with a structured, workplace-based training. Apprentices are paid for their work, in addition to being paid for training at TAFE. Full time apprenticeship programs typically take three to four years to complete, although part- time apprenticeships are also offered. Notably, as apprenticeships are competency based, apprentices have the opportunity to complete their training faster if they have reached the required skills level for their trade.

Apprenticeship programs give you a boost in the market, leaving you with practical experience, job- specific training and internationally recognised qualification. There are over 500 occupations offered for apprentices, including work as a landscaper, mechanic, hairdresser, plumber, painter, chef, carpenter and brick layer.

The next thing on your “What is an Apprenticeship?” Checklist should be how to get an apprenticeship job. You will need to get in contact an employer seeking an apprentice, or a Group Training Organisation. The employer will provide you with a Contract of Training which will outline specifications regarding payment, allowance, overtime work payment, and training fees. Register your apprenticeship with the Department of Education and Training.

Apprentices are hired on a three month- probation period before committing to a three to four year training period. As an apprentice, you are expected to work respectfully with fellow workers, clients, customers and staff you encounter. Your experience will provide you with a strong skills set gained through observation, inquiry, practice and study in the trade of your choosing. Apprentices receive a trade certificate upon completion of their apprenticeship programs. The certificate qualifies apprentices as an official tradesperson.

What is an apprenticeship age requirement? You must be at least 16 years or older to apply for the majority of apprenticeships. (Apprentices under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian signature on the required documentation.) The more difficult jobs, however, are typically reserved for those 18 and older. Applicants are required to present credentials or documentation of a school transcript, proof of age, high school diploma or GED and, if applicable, honourable military discharge.

The three to four years of a hands-on, practical experience sets you up for success, leaving you with the necessary set of qualifications and skills in the trade of your choice and the career of your future.

So now if someone asks you: “What is an apprenticeship?” you’ll be able to tell them all about it!