Who can do a higher apprenticeship?
Anyone who is eligible to do an Australian Apprenticeship can also do a higher apprenticeship. Employers may have their own specific eligibility criteria, such as having completed a relevant high school certificate. As higher apprenticeships are at a higher level, employers may have stricter eligibility criteria than for lower level apprenticeship qualifications.
Higher apprenticeships are becoming more popular for school graduates, with employers recruiting entry level staff then training them through a higher apprenticeship. This allows the employer to train their staff with skills to fit the organisation.
Starting a higher apprenticeship after completing school allows the apprentice or trainee to develop industry-specific skills, gain a formal qualification that can be used as a pathway into university if the student desires, while earning a wage.
Higher apprenticeships are also a popular method for people to upskill within their existing industry, particularly into supervisory or management roles. This may be with an existing employer who wishes to upskill their staff, or with a new employer looking to take on staff with experience and train them into a new role.