Vocational & Higher Education
Australian Apprenticeships or higher education, it doesn't have to be one or the other. People move between these sectors, particularly those who start in the vocational sector and later in their career decide to add to their skills through a university course.
Some occupations are certainly strongly related to the completion of a university course, while others are connected to vocational training. In some cases professional occupations can have a recognised vocational training entry point.
Australian Apprenticeships can start a career pathway starting at an entry-level qualification and going to higher levels, such as Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. At all levels they combine practical work skills as well as the training.
This combination not only provides a wage from the start, but it can also give apprentices and trainees a solid foundation for deciding on future options, which may include studying at university.
In some cases Australian Apprenticeship qualifications and work history can also provide supporting evidence for a future application to enter a University course, if a person wants to pursue that option.