Finding an employer is a big challenge when looking at starting an adult apprenticeship.
'Wage affordability' of employees over 21 years old may be an issue for some employers, particularly smaller businesses.
For employees a challenge can be coping on a training wage while reskilling and opening doors to longer term career options. Even though an adult apprentice or trainee is paid higher than a junior apprentice, financial considerations are obviously going to be an important factor in taking this direction, particularly people with responsibilities of family or a mortgage.
People considering taking on an Adult Apprenticeship should obtain as much information as possible before making a decision, not only information about Australian Apprenticeships but perhaps also advice from financial experts.
If you are eligible to receive a Trade Support Loan, you can use it to subsidise your wage if necessary, and you can also contact Centrelink to see whether there is any other financial support to help you during your apprenticeship or traineeship.
Another challenge is the course work. Some adult apprentices may not have studied for years, and hitting the books again can be quite daunting. Most RTO's offer student support services and perhaps access to mentoring services to help people in this situation.