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Top 12 Apprenticeships and Traineeships of 2016

The Australian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Information Service (AATIS) is shining a spotlight on the top 12 Apprenticeship and Traineeship Job and Training Descriptions (JTDs) that Students, Job Hunters, Employers and Industry Insiders are searching for on the AAPathways website.

The JTDs are based on real qualifications and real occupations, which can be started through an apprenticeship or traineeship and have commencements.

Please note: Qualifications may or may not be available/approved in all states.
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                     *Previously 12 Days of JTDs*

Number One: Aircraft Maintenance Technician

Number One: Aircraft Maintenance Technician

Aircraft Maintenance Technicians perform scheduled inspections, fault diagnosis and repair, and modification of airframes and airframe mechanical systems and more.

The Australian Aerospace Industry consists of aeronautical engineering, avionic engineering, avionics and general maintenance.

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Mechanical) - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all available states.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Apprenticeship commencements for this qualification.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Surface Finishing Supervisor
- Light Aircraft Maintenance Technician
- Aircraft Life Support and Furnishing Supervisor
- Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Structures)

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Number Two: Telecommunications Technician

Number Two: Telecommunications Technician

Telecommunications Technicians (Data and Voice) select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain telecommunications and high performance data services in buildings and premises.

This industry covers the installation and maintenance of basic electrical circuitry on buildings and industrial equipment, and the installation of electric lights, power facilities and instrumentation.

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Telecommunications Technicians - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all available states.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Apprenticeship commencements for this qualification.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be an:
- Electrician (Cabling)
- Electronics and Communications Tradesperson

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Number Three: Climbing Arborist

Number Three: Climbing Arborist

Climbing Arborists grow and maintain trees in a variety of environments including tree nurseries, plantations, power-line clearance areas and parks. The work includes climbing and working at heights to remove, prune and maintain trees.

Part of Horticulture whcih is one of Australia's fastest-growing industries, closely linked to urban development and lifestyle.

Work Types:
- Nature & Recreation
- Practical & Manual

Climbing Arborist - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship in QLD and ACT and a Traineeship in the other states and territories.

It will take 12 months for training to completion in WA, 24 months in VIC and 36 months for the other states and territories.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Apprenticeship and Traineeship commencements for this qualification.

From a Certificate III, you can up-skill to a:
- Head Arboriculturalist (Cert IV)
- Arboriculture Manager (Diploma)

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Number Four: Sheetmetal Worker (First Class)

Number Four: Sheetmetal Worker (First Class)

Employees produce metal (ferrous and non-ferrous) sheet products such as ducting, hoods, lightweight structures, sheet assemblies, tanks and containers using tools, welding and thermal cutting equipment and development techniques.

A diverse sector that includes people who conceive, design, manufacture, assemble, install, repair, package and sell manufactured products.

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Sheetmetal Worker (First Class) - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all states and territories.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Apprenticeship commencements for this qualification.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Boilermaker/Welder
- Boilermaker
- Foundry Tradesperson (Moulder)
- Welder (First Class) - Engineering
- Pressure Welder - Engineering
- Composites Tradesperson

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Number Five: Veterinary Nurse

Number Five: Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nurses assist veterinarians in the examination, treatment and rehabilitation of sick and injured animals. You would also interact with clients and perform receptionist duties.

Part of the Animal Care and Management industry which provides work opportunities through small business enterprises in animal services such as health and welfare, grooming and boarding.

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Veterinary Nurse - JTD
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Fast Facts

Classified as a Traineeship, it will take 24 months to complete in WA and 36 months for the other states and territories.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Traineeship commencements for this qualification.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be an:
- Equine Dental Service Provider
- Veterinary Nurse (Equine)

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Number Six: Electrical Fitter

Number Six: Electrical Fitter

Electrical Fitters manufacture, fit, assemble, erect, operate, test, fault find, alter and repair electrical equipment.

Note: that work includes electrical wiring work only if that work is associated with assembling, maintaining, terminating or altering the wiring between electrical components within a plant or machinery.

Electrotechnology covers the installation and maintenance of basic electrical circuitry on buildings and industrial equipment and more.

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Electrical Fitter - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship in NSW, VIC, QLD, WA and ACT but a Traineeship in NT. It will take 48 months to complete in all available states and territories.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Apprenticeship and Traineeship commencements for this qualification.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Business Equipment Tradesperson
- Custom Electronics Installations Technician
- Gaming Electronic Tradesperson

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Number Seven: Electrical Instrumentation Tradesperson

Number Seven: Electrical Instrumentation Tradesperson

Electrical Instrumentation Tradespeople select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain systems and devices for measurement and recording of physical/chemical phenomenon and related process controls.

Electrotechnology covers the installation and maintenance of basic electrical circuitry on buildings and industrial equipment and more.

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Electrical Instrumentation Tradesperson - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all available states.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Apprenticeship commencements for this qualification.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be an:
- Electrical Equipment Tradesperson
- Switchgear Tradesperson

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Number Eight: Signwriter

Number Eight: Signwriter

Sign writing involves fabricating, painting, designing and installing signs that can be used in a range of locations including for commercial and residential buildings and structures.

Part of Construction, Plumbing and Services.

Work Types:
- Creative & Artistic
- Practical & Manual

Signwriter - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 36 months to complete in NSW and 48 months for the other states and territories.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Apprenticeship commencements for this qualification.

The sectors in this industry are:
- Bricklaying
- Carpentty
- Plumbing
- Finishing Trades
- Infrastructure

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Number Nine: Mobile Plant Technician

Number Nine: Mobile Plant Technician

A Mobile Plant Technician would service and repair the mechanical and electrical systems of mobile plant such as the engine, transmission, electrical, final drive, steering, hydraulic and braking systems.

Part of the Automotive Retail, Service and Repair sector which is the largest component within the Australian automotive industry.

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Mobile Plant Technician - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all states and territories.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Apprenticeship commencements for this qualification.

At this Certificate Level, you can be a:
- Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician
- Motorcycle Repair Technician
- Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technician
- Agricultural Mechanical Technician
- Automotive Heavy Diesel Fuel Technician
- Diesel Engine Technician
- Drivetrain Repair Technician
- Forklift Technician
- Heavy Commercial Trailer Technician
- Elevating Work Platform Technician

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Number Ten: Marine Technician

Number Ten: Marine Technician

A Marine Technician may work in a boat workshop or combined workshop on inboard and outboard boat engines and equipment. Work would include diagnosis of problems, repair and servicing of engines and engine components, cooling and petrol fuel systems and clutch assemblies.

The Boating industry involves several industry sectors, including manufacturing, maintenance, tourism and transport.

Work Type:
- Practical & Manual

Marine Technician - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all available states.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Apprenticeship commencements for this qualification.

The sectors in this industry are:
- Boat building, repair and servicing
- Marina services
- Boat operations
- Tourism

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Number Eleven: Carpenter

Number Eleven: Carpenter

A Carpenters role is to construct, erect, install, finish and repair wooden structures and fixtures on residential and commercial buildings.

Carpentry is part of the Construction, Plumbing and Services industry.

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Carpenter - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all states.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Apprenticeship commencements for this qualification.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Stair Builder
- Carpenter and Joiner
- Carpenter and Joiner (Installation)
- Carpenter and Joiner (Stairs)

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Number Twelve: Assistant Sheep and Grain Farmhand

Number Twelve: Assistant Sheep and Grain Farmhand

Assistant Sheep and Grain Farmhands assist farmers with a wide range of general agricultural tasks such as operating machinery and equipment, assisting in the establishment and harvesting of crops, feeding, mustering and moving livestock, basic farm fencing operations and assisting with animal husbandry.

The Agriculture sector includes farming, and there are two types of products produced: plants and livestock.

Work Types:
- Practical & Manual
- Analytic & Scientific

Assistant Sheep and Grain Farmhand - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as a Traineeship, it will take 18 months to complete in SA, 15 months in TAS and 12 months in the other states and territories.

The graph on the left represents the 2016 Traineeship commencements for this qualification.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Stud Farmhand
- Assistant Cattle Farmhand
- Assistant Dairy Farmhand
- Assistant Poultry Farmhand
- Assistant Sheep and Wool Farmhand
- Assistant Piggery Attendant

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We hoped you enjoyed the top 12 JTDs of 2016

We hoped you enjoyed the top 12 JTDs of 2016

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Commencement  data is gathered from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Apprentice and Trainee Collection, Unpublished, 2017. For more on the data we use, visit our Research and Reference page.

Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.