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Australian Apprenticeships timeline

Australian apprenticeships offer great opportunities for both workers and employers. Workers gain on-the-job experience and training; employers are able to gain enthusiastic and committed employees as well as government incentives. How should job hunters go about looking for internships and what are the steps for getting one set up?

Step 1: Choose an industry

Sounds stupid eh? Not really. Most people embarking on apprenticeships give little thought to the possible career options and work sectors at the end of it. Before embarking on any kind of internship, make sure that you have at least a vague idea where you would like it to lead. It will make it much easier during the long and difficult shifts if you have a goal in mind.

Step 2: Begin Apprenticeship search and find a scheme for you

While the Australian government-run Australian Apprenticeships estimate there are over 600 different apprenticeships available across the country, it is not always possible to find one suited to you. Check that there is an apprenticeship for you, either through the Australian government apprenticeship website or through a local/school careers advisor. Alternatively, each state offers its own unique advice on training as listed below. Remember, some apprenticeships are limited by local conditions; there aren’t many opportunities to mine iron ore in Sydney harbour, no matter what locals might have you believe.

Step 3: Write that Resumé!

Apprenticeships are meant to be training schemes. It’s worth treating them like any other job application. Your future employer will above all want to see bags of enthusiasm as most jobs are hard work early on. Try to show that you will work hard to succeed.
Visit our Resume Help page in the Career Resources section for more information.

Step 4: Find an employer

Not always an easy task for apprentices –employers sometimes appear unenthusiastic about the possibility of taking on trainees. However, as a new person and potential future employee, remember you will be able to add a great deal to help their business in the future. Finding an employer can be done by looking online at the Australian government’s jobsite, in local newspapers or even through careers fairs. Don’t be afraid to contact employers directly, either in person or over the phone. Most will be impressed by your enthusiasm and commitment.

Step 5: Paperwork

Apprenticeships in Australia are governed by federal employment laws. Ask your new employer to contact your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre. This will ensure you get the required contract, payment and training and the employer is entitled to receive any government benefits stemming from your employment and education.

Step 6: Work Hard

After all, you never know where your Australian apprenticeship might lead.

Visit our Training and Development page for more information about securing employment in the Resources industry.

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