Posted on 18/01/17 in
Year 12 graduates who miss out on a university offer today should look to apprenticeships and traineeships as a worthwhile pathway to becoming formally qualified, according to Australia’s largest provider of apprenticeships and traineeships, Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA).
Speaking ahead of the main round of offers being released ASA National General Manager, James Moran, says young people who complete an apprenticeship or traineeship not only gain practical skills valued by employers but are also awarded nationally recognised qualifications.
“There are hundreds of apprenticeships and traineeships available across a range of industries in almost any field – from business services, bakers, childcare and hospitality to the more traditional construction trades like plumbing, carpentry and electrical work,” Mr Moran says.
“And once the apprenticeship or traineeship is completed there is often a secure job on offer with a well-defined career path to pursue and no crippling HECS debt to pay off.”
There is a chronic skill shortage in some areas and this means that young people who have completed a trade are almost 20% more likely to be in full time employment six months after they complete their apprenticeship, versus a university graduate.
“Many university graduates find it difficult to secure employment once they have completed their courses. Apprentices and trainees on the other hand are often offered work by their employers at the completion of their training as they have the specific skills in demand by their industry,” Mr Moran said.
“It’s a great opportunity for young people to secure employment where they will be paid to train and learn on the job.”
“If you miss out on a UAC offer tonight you still have literally hundreds of training options to choose from that can lead to a secure and fulfilling career.”
Young people wanting more information about the types of apprenticeships and traineeships on offer and how to go about signing up should go to apprenticeshipsupport.com.au
or call 1300 363 831 for more information.
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