Have you considered undertaking an apprenticeship but don’t know where to start? State Training Services answers the most common questions people ask when they want to become an apprentice or trainee but don’t know where to start.
What sort of apprenticeship can I do?
Apprenticeships are usually traditional trades such as building and construction, hairdressing, cooking, the automotive industry, engineering and manufacturing. They generally last for four years. There are more than 100 different apprenticeships available in NSW.
There are also over 600 traineeships in virtually all industries including multimedia, information technology, sport and recreation, hospitality, retail and agriculture.
How do I find a job?
You apply for a job as an apprentice the same way you would any other job – by looking for job vacancies and applying. You can search for apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies through:
· Australian Jobsearch - Job Services Australia vacancy site
· Group Training Organisations - only employ apprentices and trainees
· State Government organisations - current vacancies in the NSW Government
· Newspapers and online recruitment agencies
· Ask local businesses whether they are looking for an apprentice or if they know anyone who is
What are the rules?
When you are an apprentice, there are a few rules you need to follow. They are just like the rules you follow at school or at work, such as going to your classes, doing your assignments, and letting your employer know if you’re sick or running late. You also need to let State Training Services know if anything changes, like if you move house or change employers.
Where can I get help?
When you start your apprenticeship or traineeship, everybody wants to see you succeed. You can get financial and personal help depending on your needs and situation.
Financial assistance may include travel concessions, travel and accommodation assistance, a $100 rebate on car registration, tool allowances, wage support if you are over 25, and scholarships for apprentices in rural areas.
State Training Services also offers mentoring and mediation services if you need help or are having problems at work, and a Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS) which can help you find a new job if you have started your apprenticeship and get laid off.