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Parents & Friends

What is AATIS and how can this website help me?

The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) offers information and free resources for people considering career options, employers looking at recruitment and those in the industry providing support and advice.

If you are a parent and are researching apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways for your child, the Parents and Friends page is a good place to start. If you are looking for information for a student or job hunter you can also use those sections of the website for relevant information.

I want to talk to my teenagers about their career choices. Where do I start?

The About Australian Apprenticeships section of the website has information about what apprenticeships and traineeships are, about pre-apprenticeships and school-based apprenticeships, and who is involved in the sector.

Once you have a good understanding of Australian Apprenticeships, the Parents and Friends page has information about how to support young people making career decisions.

Some key resources you may want to use in these discussions include:

  • The Job & Training Description search option allows for a search through broad industry categories toward more detailed information, helping refine a person's interests
  • The Industry Information area provides a general background brief on major industry sectors
  • The Job Pathways Charts demonstrate movement through industry streams, from Certificate II level to Advanced Diploma, and can be used to discuss future career pathways starting from lower level qualifications

We also have some videos where apprentices are talking about their apprenticeships journeys and how they got there to help young people action their ambitions to reality. 

My daughter or son is thinking about their career path after finishing school. Can you help them?

The Students section of the website has a range of information and resources for people considering their future career. The Career Research and Resources section can also help out.

Some of the key areas that might be of use include:

  • The Industry Information area provides a general background brief on major industry sectors
  • The Find my Work Type page include the Work Type Explorer and the more detailed Career Interest Explorer, which works from very general ideas of seven work environments to help people identify the strength of their industry or occupation interests
  • The Job & Training Description search option allows for a search through broad industry categories toward more detailed information, helping refine a person's interests
  • The Literacy & Numeracy Quizzes test the literacy and numeracy skills needed to start an apprenticeship or traineeship in different industries.

My teen's school is offering School Based Apprenticeships. What are they?

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA), also known as school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, are like any apprenticeship or traineeship but commenced part-time as part of your secondary schooling. You will earn a wage, train with an employer, and work towards an accredited qualification while completing your high school certificate. 

Find out more about work hours, payment, providers, and other pertinent information regarding Australian School-based Apprenticeships on our website. 

Should I encourage my teens to go to university?

Australian Apprenticeships and University are two parts of the whole post-school education system. There is no right or wrong pathway for young people, but it is important they participate in the best type of education and training for them.

An apprenticeship or traineeship can lead into university study, but can also be a stand alone form of education. This means that someone who does an apprenticeship or traineeship can still go to university, and in some cases may get recognition for their training they did in the apprenticeship or traineeship.

Both Australian Apprenticeships and university have similar wage outcomes for graduates, but former apprentices and trainees are more likely to be employed full-time when they complete their study.

Australian Apprenticeships may better suit people who want to start work, who prefer working with their hands or in practical roles, or who prefer their learning to be directly related to the job they are doing.

Overall, it is important for people to consider all possible pathways and choose the one that is best for them, remembering that education is a lifelong journey which can be continued through other forms of education later on.

Career Advisors

What is AATIS and how can this website help me?

The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) contains information and resources for people considering career options, employers looking at recruitment and those providing support and advice.

The Helpful Resources page has a range of AATIS and other resources that can be used with students, job hunters and career changers understand whether an Australian Apprenticeship is the right pathway for them. The Career Advisers page has information that will help career advisers facilitate career conversations.

Where can I find information for Career Advisers?

The AATIS web site has a complete section for Career Advisers with information, links, ideas material to assist with your role. The Helpful Resources page has a range of free resources you can use with students, job hunters and career changers.

What's the difference between school-based apprenticeships, and VET in Schools?

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA), also known as school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, are like any apprenticeship or traineeship but commenced part-time as part of your secondary schooling. You will earn a wage, train with an employer, and work towards an accredited qualification while completing your high school certificate.

VET in Schools is vocational training as part of the secondary curriculum but not connected to paid employment or a contract of training. Some VET in Schools training can work as a pathway into apprenticeships and traineeships.

Where can I find case studies or good news stories of apprentices and trainees?

There are multiple places where you can access apprenticeship stories, as videos or written case studies. The MyGain YouTube channel has over 300 videos of apprentices and trainees talking about their training, how they got their role, and what they hope to get out of it.

The MySkills website has some case studies of VET students throughout the website. The VET Alumni, including the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors, can be found on the MySkills website. You can find out more about the alumni, or book someone for your event, on the website.

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Is there any information about literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills required for apprenticeships and traineeships?

There are no set Language, Literacy and Numeracy levels for entry into any apprenticeship or traineeship, however, some trades require high levels of specific skills and individual employers may also set their own entry-level skills. For example, electrical apprentices require a high level of numeracy skills, and administration trainees require higher levels of literacy.

Some LLN advice and resources can be found on the Language, Literacy and Numeracy page, and the Practice Aptitude Quizzes can be used to facilitate conversations around LLN skills in different industries.

Where can I find the availability and duration of an apprenticeship or traineeship in my State or Territory?

Availability and duration information for whole Training Packages can be found on the Field Officer Briefs. Make sure to select your state or territory to filter for only apprenticeships and traineeships in your area.

You can also find availability and duration on the Job and Training Descriptions. The Industry Insiders view gives more information that other personas, so if you are missing some information check which persona you have selected.

Connections and News

How do I order free marketing materials?

AATIS has a range of free marketing materials that you can order for use with your clients. Complete the marketing materials order form and AATIS will send your order within 5 business days.

There are also a range of downloadable resources you can use, including many that are customisable with your organisation logo and call to action. You can find more information about AATIS resources on the Helpful Resources page.

How do I subscribe the monthly e-newsletter?

To make sure you are up to date with the latest new, policies, alerts and facts about Australian Apprenticeships sign up to our monthly Industry Insiders newsletter by using the button at the bottom of this page, or by completing the contact us form and ticking the subscribe button.

How do I use the AusAppPathways mobile app?

The AusAppPathways mobile app can be downloaded on both iOS and Android devices from your app store. You can find out more about the app at the AusAppPathways website.

We have also created a useful guide to help people use the AusAppPathways app.

If you can't find what you are looking for, please contact AATIS on 1800 338 022 or email your questions to contact@aatis.com.au.

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