Education and training isn't a one-way street that starts at 'A' and goes to 'B', and only takes place when a person is young.
A career pathway is likely to see a lot of changes over someone's working life, and in so many cases the changes will be based on learning new skills or adding to existing skills. A pathway can start by completing a qualification that underpins an Australian Apprenticeship, or by entry into a university course.
Australian Apprenticeships provide access to a career pathway based on a structure of qualifications, from entry-level to higher levels such as Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. At all levels they combine practical work skills as well as the training.
This combination provides apprentices and trainees not just with a wage, but also a solid foundation for deciding on directions for further study, which may include entering the higher education area. A completed qualification may also support a future application to enter a University course.
A key message is: undertaking any kind of training, at any level, will help keep career options open in future years and for future directions.