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How are apprentices selected?

Finding an apprenticeship in Australia is like applying for any job. Once you find an opportunity and an employer that you think would be a good fit, it’s all about putting your best foot forward and demonstrating how you will make the ideal candidate.

Apprentices are selected based on a number of factors such as:

  • Eligibility for the apprenticeship program, which may vary depending on the industry, occupation, and employer – these requirements should be detailed in the job ad or in a more detailed role description is relevant
  • Interest, motivation, and suitability for the chosen career path and the specific employer – aptitude and attitude go a long way, especially for apprenticeships and traineeships which by design are for beginners
  • Academic achievements, subjects studied at school, practical skills gained through other work experience, and competencies relevant to the apprenticeship (like those gained in a pre-apprenticeship program)
  • Performance in the application process, which can include online aptitude tests, interviews (face to face, or via phone/online), in-person group assessments, and work experience trials

When seeking an apprenticeship, you should research the role and the trade type, and your obligations when undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship. The recruitment process is the ideal time to ask questions and satisfy yourself that it is the right pathway for your career.

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In the spirit of reconciliation, MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.