It is that time of the year again where students, career advisers and teachers are planning for the year and heading back to school! This blog post will help school staff and career advisers to better understand Australian Apprenticeships, and resources that can be used by you and your students.
Before we get started, you might want to know a bit more about us. The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) is a government-funded service through the National Careers Institute in the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
Everything we do is free for you to use. In this post we will connect you with our free information and resources, as well as resources from other networks and providers in the sector.
What do I need to know for discussions with students?
The term Australian Apprenticeship covers both apprenticeships and traineeships. All Australian Apprenticeships include study towards a formal qualification, along with paid employment. They can be done full-time, part-time, or school-based.
Understanding Australian Apprenticeships is a good place to start. Did you know that Australian Apprenticeships can be completed in 50 industries and thousands of occupations? An Australian Apprenticeship is open to anyone of working age with eligibility to work in Australia and offer opportunities to train, study and earn an income in a variety of nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.
Students can also start an apprenticeship while they’re in school. An Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA) is a great way to get a head start in an industry that a student is interested in. ASbA’s are similar to other Australian Apprenticeships as students will work, study and earn a wage, although they differ as students complete their qualification part-time whilst still attending high school. ASbA units could count towards a high school certificate or ATAR and is a great option for those that are looking to leave school in the near future as they can continue their apprenticeship or traineeship full-time.
Students are also able to leave high school and gain a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship if they are of eligibility and working age. This may be a good option for students who no longer enjoy school and have a strong idea of their future career.
To get a thorough understanding of getting into an apprenticeship, attend our webinar which will help you advise school leavers and students on exploring apprenticeships to get into the career of their choice.