Are you in high school and considering your options after graduation? Look no further than a school-based apprenticeship!
Doing an apprenticeship or traineeship while still in school is a great way to kickstart your career, where you get paid to learn the ropes of the trade before leaving school.
There are many different benefits to this path – not only will it give you vital practical experience that employers value, but there are also financial incentives and chances to make contacts.
In this blog post, we’ll explore just some of the advantages of a doing a school-based apprenticeship – so read on if you’re interested in getting ahead!
Advantages of a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship
Beginning part-time study in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship can be a great way to gain part-time work experience while also working towards an accredited qualification. It's the perfect taster of what your future career may hold, without needing to make any huge commitments right away.
Understanding what you'd like to do as part of your future job and knowing that you meet the criteria is an extremely valuable head start to the world of trades – one which can lead to further opportunities down the line.
How to Prepare for a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship
Preparing for a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship while still in school is essential to get you off on the right foot after graduating. Start by attending career expos so you can learn about the different trades available to you, decide which one interests you most, and engage in activities relevant to that trade.
Participating in extra-curricular activities will give you a solid basis for your future development.
When possible, try to gain practical experience through part-time employment or volunteering so that when it’s time to transition from school into full-time work, you are well prepared with industry-specific skills and knowledge.
Taking these steps early on will help ensure that you start your trade journey with confidence.
Benefits of Obtaining a Qualification Through School
Obtaining a vocational qualification through school can provide valuable benefits for your future as a tradie. Not only does it give you a well-rounded understanding of the industry, it provides an opportunity to gain hands-on skills and start building experience.
It's also great way to showcase your commitment and passion for the industry, setting yourself up for good job prospects or even an apprenticeship or traineeship once you finish school. This will put you on track to create a meaningful career in trades and potentially lead to wider opportunities down the line.
What to Expect in a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship Program
Entering a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship program is an exciting experience that can offer lots of benefits for those looking to begin their trade career.
Once you begin, you will receive further education in the form of a nationally accredited Certificate II or III and undertake part-time training on the job at a workplace. This is paid work too, not voluntary work experience.
You’ll gain valuable industry knowledge from your supervisor and employer. You'll learn practical skills and gain experience working with teammates and customers.
A school-based apprenticeship can help build your confidence in the trades, and give you a good foundation to progress further into a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship once you leave school.
How to Find Opportunities for Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Your Area
Finding an apprenticeship or traineeship in your area doesn't have to be a difficult task. Start by investigating school-based qualifications in the trades that you're interested in and discuss your preferences with your career guidance counsellor.
Ask professional contacts in your desired field if they know of any available apprenticeships or traineeships. Often the best opportunities come from word-of-mouth recommendations rather than advertising.
You can find school-based apprenticeships and traineeships through an Apprentice Support Network and specialty Group Training Organisations like MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees. We work with businesses around Australia looking to take on apprentices and trainees, including those that are seeking part time school-based candidates.
Make sure you utilise all potential avenues to help you create more of a connection between yourself and the job you want.
Tips to Help You Stand Out in the Application Process
When applying for school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, there are a few tips that will help you stand out from the competition.
1. Make sure your resume and cover letter are up to date and well written, highlighting any relevant experiences or achievements that show you are serious about a career in trades.
2. Demonstrate motivation throughout the process: enter all application requirements early, attend interviews and other recruitment activities on time, and don’t be afraid to ask further questions if there’s something you’re unsure of.
3. Build relationships with staff involved in the process - be positive and enthusiastic, showing them why you would make an effortless transition into a trades apprenticeship once school is over.
Following these tips will increase your chances of success.
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships create an excellent opportunity for young people to gain real world experience and a formal qualification while still in their teenage years. With the right preparation, commitment, and passion for whatever trade you endeavour towards, this can be an excellent way to start your career in skilled trades.
There are many opportunities to find work in your local area which cater specifically to school students, and developing skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving that can help boost your chances of being successful.
All that's left to do is take the first step towards success by applying for the program or trade of your dreams and see where it takes you!
Pictured above: MIGAS school-based Australian Apprentices in Central Queensland, Jack, Tyler and Jenna.