Australian Apprenticeships are opportunities for a person of any working age to train, earn an income, and gain a nationally-recognised qualification in a wide range of commercial fields and traditional trades.
Upon successful completion, an apprentice will become qualified in the trade or field they completed their Australian Apprenticeship in.
As an apprentice, you are indentured into an apprenticeship for a normal duration of four years’ full-time employment. During your apprenticeship, you work on specific units of competency as per your Training Plan with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), such as a TAFE college or institute.
Finding an apprenticeship
You can find an apprenticeship in a number of ways:
- Via a GTO (Group Training Organisation); a GTO advertises available apprenticeships, employs apprentices and places them with Host Companies to complete their training. GTOs manage the apprenticeship, including WH&S, payroll, HR and support.
MIGAS is a registered GTO.
A successful applicant will be employed by MIGAS and placed with a Host Company to complete on-the-job training. Off-the-job training is completed during the apprenticeship at an RTO (Registered Training Organisation), more commonly known as TAFE. MIGAS covers all applicable student fees for MIGAS Australian Apprentices.
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- Via an AASN (Australian Apprenticeship Support Network);
- Via an online job search portal such as SEEK; you will need to monitor the positions that become available on the job search portal and contact the GTOs, AASN or hiring businesses to apply.
- Directly through a hiring business; you will need to keep an eye on the business’s job vacancy section of their website to search for apprenticeships. If you have contact with a business that does not have experience hiring apprentices, refer them to MIGAS to manage the administration and logistics of the apprenticeship.
The next step
If you are successful in an application with MIGAS, you will be employed by MIGAS and placed with the Host Company where you will complete your on-the-job training.
The benefits of being employed by MIGAS are:
- We take care of all paperwork for you and make it as simple as possible to commence and complete your apprenticeship
- We provide you with boots, uniforms and basic PPE
- We conduct a full comprehensive Induction prior to your commencement at your Host Company, which also includes a large section on safety
- We book your TAFE and provide you with all the details you need to attend, including dates, times, locations and requirements
- In most apprenticeships, we pay for your TAFE fees
- We take an active role in your training to help you achieve the best result possible
- We have a large Host Company network and have the ability to rotate you from company to company, to broaden your skills set across all facets of your trade
- If productivity is low or if there is a down turn of work at your Host Company and they can’t keep you on, we can assist you in finding a replacement Host Company to continue your apprenticeship with little to no lost time
- We provide you with mentoring and support on all matters to do with your apprenticeship and employment, not only in the workplace but in your home life too
- We make sure you are up-to-date with your training and remind you when important things are due, for example: timesheets, so you get paid on time!
MIGAS works together with some of the largest and most successful companies across the East coast of Australia and over in WA, including Caltex, BOC, Johnson Controls, and Wormald.
Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to:
- apply for permanent employment with your Host Company;
- apply for short or long-term labour hire through MIGAS;
- embark on a second apprenticeship or expand on your current skills through dual-trading or upskilling through MIGAS;
- find employment with a different business;
- start your own business;
- work overseas or interstate; or,
- take on further education.
We sat down with MIGAS Field Officer, Darren Hoefsmit, and chatted to him about what it means to be a MIGAS Apprentice.
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