15th August 2012
Aptitude Testing – Why it is important for apprentices
Why is my aptitude important? Before we answer that question let’s answer this one… What is aptitude? Aptitude is the measure of your ability around mathematics, literacy and language and mechanical reasoning. So, if you’re in high school asking yourself “what do I need to KNOW all of this cr*p for… I’ll never use it!!” – think again… because you will.
Before I became an apprentice motor mechanic I used to ask myself the same questions, but when I got into my trade training I quickly wished I’d paid more attention to the teachers and my homework instead of the surf, hot cars and girls…
Your aptitude is a reflection of your ability to apply the things you learn/have learnt in school and every day life to complex challenges you find in the trades.
When you apply for an apprenticeship you’ll be asked to complete an aptitude test. Depending on what trade you are applying for, the level of aptitude required will vary. For example, in motor mechanics your mechanical reasoning must be good as well as your mathematics skills so that you can tackle the theory around electronics and auto electrical theory. As an electrical apprentice your mathematics, physics skills and aptitude must be top notch for one very good reason – LIFE. As an electrician you need good maths aptitude to understand electrical theory. If you get it wrong – people die. It’s that simple.
So if you’re interested in the trades keep up you’re school work and skills aptitude. You never know when you’ll need it.
National Business Develpment Manager