If you are in Year 10, 11 or 12 you are able to undertake an apprenticeship/traineeship qualification while finishing your Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) at senior secondary school.
This offers a mix of academic, vocational and technical education and skills training with paid employment. Working hours and training attendance are negotiated between you, your employer, your school and TasTAFE.
In addition to finding a job vacancy, you will also need to find an employer who is willing to sponsor your training at TasTAFE.
Gaining a position as an apprentice/trainee is competitive and you need to be prepared to go through an application process. Update your resume and research the industry you are interested in to impress potential employers.
There are many ways to find an apprenticeship/traineeship:
Group Training Organisations (GTOs) employ apprentices/trainees under an employment and training contract and then place them with host employers.
The GTO undertakes the employer responsibilities such as ensuring the quality and continuity of employment and training, as well as providing the support services necessary for the successful completion of apprentice/trainee training.
Partnering with a GTO improves the quality and breadth of training available to apprentices/trainees in small and medium sized businesses. For more information, search the Group Training National Register.
If you are a mature age apprentice/trainee you can have your existing skills and experience recognised which means you can complete your qualification sooner.
If you are seeking a promotion, training will allow you to re-energise or re-invent your career. If, on the other hand, you are interested in changing careers, an apprenticeship/traineeship will give you the practical vocational skills that are sought after by industry.